Texas Historical Commission
An intensive archeological survey was completed in order to inventory and evaluate archeological resources within the footprint of proposed widening improvements to Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 2100 between South Diamondhead Boulevard (Blvd) and FM 1960 in eastern Harris County, Texas. The project is approximately 7.7 miles or 12.4 kilometers (km) in length and has a typical width of between 100 to 300 feet (ft) or 30 to 91 meters (m); the project will be up to 1,000 ft or 305 m wide at detention pond locations. The APE is 204 acres or 83 hectares with 107 acres or 43 hectares of the total being new right-of-way. Typical roadway construction would occur within 2 ft or 0.6 m, with possible deeper impacts for construction of drainage elements and a presumed depth of up to 10 ft or 3 m at detention ponds. Fieldwork was conducted on April 20, 2015, and on July 21-22, 2015, under Texas Antiquities Permit (TAP) 7228. Based on the review of the Houston Potential Archeological Liability Map (PALM), most of the project area (168.18 acres) was determined to fall within Map Unit 4, for which survey is not recommended. The review of the PALM indicated that the remainder of the project area (35.82 acres) should be subjected to varying stages of intensive survey, including the excavation of shovel tests and/or mechanical trenching. All of the acreage subject to a level of intensive survey was determined to have been subjected to ground-disturbing activities associated with agriculture, erosion, and construction and maintenance of the existing road. No new archeological sites were identified during the survey and no artifacts were identified or recovered. Project records will be curated at the Center for Archeological Studies (CAS) at Texas State University.
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