Test excavations were undertaken at 41EP880 in northwest El Paso County, Texas in January of 1994 by archeologists from the Environmental Affairs Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. The site is located along the lower portion of an alluvial fan of the Franklin Mountains overlooking the Rio Grande Valley.
The project calls for an additional 18 m (60 ft.) of right-of-way in the vicinity of the archeological site, which extends both to the north and the south of the existing road. All additional right-of-way will be acquired from the northern side of Artcraft Road. Since the existing roadway cuts through the site, a large amount of disturbance is evident across the surface of the site. Testing, in the form of 1 m2 test units, backhoe trenches, shovel tests, and the cutting of two profiles, indicated that the disturbances are extensive and extend into the new right-of-way.
The information garnered about the site indicates that the portion of site to be impacted by road construction is not eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Extensive disturbances have secondarily deposited much of the prehistoric occupational debris, leaving little in the way of intact subsurface deposits.
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