This document represents an examination of geoarcheological issues affecting a nine– county area in and around Fort Worth, Texas. The study area includes Tarrant, Wise, Jack, Parker, Palo Pinto, Erath, Hood, Somervell, and Johnson Counties (Figure1–1), which collectively make up the Fort Worth District, a regional administrative entity of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This study represents the second phase of a district– focused geoarcheological program being implemented at TxDOT. A similar study of the Houston District was published previously (Abbott 2001a), and studies of other districts are planned. The current study is intended to familiarize archeologists, planners, and transportation professionals working in the region with relevant geoarcheological issues, thus serving as a resource for those involved in prospection, assessment, and interpretation of prehistoric archeological sites. Readers of the previous Houston study are warned that the overall organization of the document and some of the text may seem familiar, as a certain degree of self–plagarism was practiced, particularly in the discussion of geomorphic and soil processes in Part II. Although the focus of investigation is on the nine counties making up the Fort Worth District, many of the issues addressed are equally applicable to adjacent areas of north–central Texas.
This is a work for hire produced for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), which owns all rights, title, and interest in and to all data and other information developed for this project under its contract with the report producer. The report may be cited and brief passages from this publication may be reproduced without permission provided that credit is given to TxDOT and the firm that produced it. Permission to reprint an entire chapter, section, figures or tables must be obtained in advance from the Supervisor of the Archeological Studies Branch, Environmental Affairs Division, Texas Department of Transportation, 125 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701
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