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Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

In December of 2014 and January of 2015, prior to rehabilitation of a sanitary sewer interceptor in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, archeologists from aci consulting conducted a pedestrian survey with shovel testing and backhoe trenching of approximately 11 acres in accordance with Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA) and Texas Historical Commission (THC) guidelines. The survey was conducted under Permit 7105, in compliance with the Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Texas Antiquities Code, found in Texas Administrative Code, Title 13, Part 2, Chapter 26 (13 TAC 26). Jennifer Hatchett Kimbell served as Principal Investigator, and Julie Shipp served as the project geoarcheologist. Records from this investigation will be curated at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Eleven proposed new segments or sets of segments and 13 proposed new manholes, not associated with the proposed new segments, were investigated. Proposed locations for new segments and manholes were investigated through pedestrian survey and through shovel testing or backhoe trenching if field conditions indicated a possibility for intact buried deposits. Areas that were clearly disturbed were not subjected to subsurface investigation. In all, 18 backhoe trenches, measuring a total of 90 m (295 ft) in length by 0.6 m (2 ft) in width, and four shovel tests were excavated. No intact prehistoric or historic deposits or features were observed, and no sites were recorded. Significant portions of the proposed alignment had been disturbed by the original installation of the sewer interceptor and by modern landscape alteration. Some backhoe trenches revealed modern debris to at least 3 m (10 ft) below the ground surface. Some, if not all, of this debris likely represents the remains of buildings destroyed by the tornado of 1970 that tore through northeast Lubbock that were subsequently bulldozed into Yellowhouse Draw. Based on the results of this cultural resources survey, no further archeological work is recommended.

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