Texas Historical Commission
The Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District No. 1 contracted HDR Engineering, Inc. (HDR) to conduct an intensive cultural resources survey of the area proposed for the installation of a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Treatment Plant in the unincorporated community of Brazos, Palo Pinto County, Texas. The Area of Potential Effects (APE) consists of the approximately 3.3-acre area of the RO Treatment Plant Site. The archaeological investigation conducted by HDR consisted of intensive survey of the APE to determine the presence/absence of archaeological resources by employing pedestrian survey, shovel testing, and photo documentation. Fieldwork took place on November 13, 2014. HDR project personnel consisted of Principal Investigator Ben Fullerton, Crew Chief Megan Koszarek, and Field Technician Ben Morton. A total of eight person-hours were invested in the field project.
The survey resulted in a pedestrian walkover and photo documentation of the project area as well as the excavation of eight negative shovel tests. No archaeological materials were identified during the investigation. In accordance with 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 800 and 13 Texas Administrative Code [TAC] 26, no further archaeological investigations are recommended. As a result of the present survey, it is recommended that the proposed installation of the RO Treatment Plant will not have any effect on cultural resources in the project APE, and construction may proceed. In the event that any archaeological deposits are encountered during construction, work should cease, and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) should be notified.
All records and materials generated by this project will be permanently curated at the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
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