Paul Maslyk


Texas Historical Commission


The planned extension of FM 1042 in Live Oak County includes a crossing at the Nueces River. Phase II archaeological testing of two sites (41LK284 and 41LK294) on the north and south terraces of the Nueces River was undertaken by TxDOT archaeologists, prior to construction, to determine eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places(in accordance with 36 CFR Part 800) and State Landmark status. Portions of both sites are located within the right-of-way. Surveys conducted in 1988 and 1992 recorded a light scatter of mussel shell and chert flakes on the surface of both sites. Cultural debris found in the road cut was reported at depths of up to 1 m at 41LK284 and up to .5 m at 41LK294. A possible Matamoros point fragment and an end-scraper were also recovered from the surface of 41LK294, suggesting a Late Prehistoric occupation. Results of testing indicate that the portions of both sites within the right-of-way are disturbed and do not meet the criteria for designation as a State Archaeological Landmark or for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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