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Archeological Survey Of The Jefferson Street Lift Station Force And Gravity Main Corridors And Louise Hays And Lehmann-Monroe Parks, City Of Kerrville Kerr County, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
In April 2013, personnel with Prewitt and Associates, Inc., performed an archeological survey for proposed sewer and water main improvements and park improvements in the City of Kerrville, Texas. The work was done for Freese and Nichols, Inc., and the City of Kerrville, under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 6508. Three contiguous project areas totaling 96 acres were surveyed: the Jefferson Street lift station force main corridor, the Jefferson Street gravity main and water line corridor, and Louise Hays and Lehmann-Monroe Parks. In total, 62 shovel tests and 4 backhoe trenches were excavated. No new archeological sites were found. Two previously recorded sites (41KR105 and 41KR677) were shovel tested and evaluated. Both are disturbed, sparse lithic scatters and lack important information; they are considered ineligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designation as State Archeological Landmarks.
Survey determined that the modern Guadalupe River floodplain at Kerrville consists of extensive gravel deposits that appear to be the result of recent high-energy deposition associated with periodic scouring of the river valley. Given its age and the depositional/erosional context, this floodplain is very unlikely to contain intact archeological sites. The south end of the Jefferson Street lift station force main, ca. 80 percent of Louise Hays and Lehmann-Monroe Parks, and all of the gravity main and water line corridor are in this floodplain setting; no further archeological work is warranted in any of these areas. The west edge of the park area and the north part of the force main corridor are on higher terraces with a greater potential for archeological sites, but survey indicates that both areas are substantially disturbed and do not contain intact archeological sites. Hence, no further archeological work is recommended in either area.
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