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Test Excavations at 41BL1214, Bell County, Texas: State Highway 95 Bridge Replacement at the Little River
In February and March 2004, Prewitt and Associates, Inc. (PAI), performed archeological test excavations at site 41BL1214 to determine its eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This investigation was conducted within the existing and proposed right of way of the State Highway 95 bridge project at the Little River in Bell County for the Texas Department of Transportation. The site is situated on a flood terrace on the south bank of the Little River. In all, 18 m3 were excavated during testing. Excavations yielded artifacts, features, and other cultural materials associated with Late Archaic and Late Prehistoric components. Although the site is stratified, there appears to be no ready way to isolate the Late Archaic and Late Prehistoric components from one another, and thus the site has a limited capacity to yield important information. Based on this, it is recommended that the portion of 41BL1214 within the confines of the project area be judged not eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designation as a State Archeological Landmark. All artifacts, cultural materials, and records collected and generated by this project are curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL), The University of Texas at Austin. Because the collected artifacts are from private property, they are curated in a non-held-in-trust status at TARL.
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