Texas Historical Commission
In January 2014, HDR Engineering, Inc. (HDR), under contract to Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, Inc., for Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), conducted an intensive cultural resources survey in advance of the proposed TAMU-CC Momentum Campus expansion in the City of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas. The proposed Area of Potential Effects (APE) is bisected by Nile Drive and bounded by Ennis Joslin Road to the north and east, Oso Creek to the north and west, and residential neighborhoods along Sahara Drive and Pharaoh Drive to the south. The APE, measuring approximately 95 acres, will be the site of new student housing, an athletics complex, a convocation center, a hotel and conference center, and several additional complexes. Primary impacts associated with the expansion will occur in the upper 3 ft, but deeper impacts are anticipated to occur at the locations of new building construction. The archaeological field investigation conducted by HDR involved a pedestrian survey with shovel testing throughout the project area and backhoe trenching at proposed new building locations. In total, 41 shovel tests and five backhoe trenches were excavated within the project area. Construction fill and disturbed soil was consistently encountered in the upper portion of the excavation units and was underlain by deep, sterile clay deposits. No cultural materials or buried living surfaces (paleosols) were encountered during the survey. In accordance with 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 800 and 13 Texas Administrative Code [TAC] 26, no further archaeological investigations are recommended for the presently defined project area and construction of the proposed Momentum Campus expansion may proceed. However, 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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