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Agency

Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

Prewitt and Associates, Inc., conducted test excavations at site 41BU75 in Burleson County, Texas, to determine its eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and designation as a State Antiquities Landmark. The work was performed in 2007 under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 4525 for the Texas Department of Transportation, Environmental Affairs Division, in conjunction with a planned widening of FM 60, which will require up to 45 m of new right of way. The excavations consisted of six Gradall trenches and five 1x1-m hand-dug test units totaling 6.9 m3 , all on stateowned land. Excavations yielded a small assemblage (ceramics, lithic tools, cores, and unmodified debitage) that is associated with Late Prehistoric and possibly earlier occupations. No cultural features were found. The artifacts were found throughout the sandy mantle, a mostly late Holocene colluvial depositional unit that varies greatly in thickness and is extensively bioturbated. It is recommended that 41BU75 be considered ineligible for listing in the National Register under Criterion D (36 CFR 60.4; 36 CFR 800.4, 5) or designation as a State Antiquities Landmark (13 TAC 26.2, 8) because interpretable components cannot be isolated and intact cultural features appear to be absent.

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