Texas Historical Commission
Archaeological monitoring of repairs to the historic Gan’s Dam, previously recorded as one historic component of archaeological site (41WM17), was conducted October 2-12, 2013 at the Berry Springs Preserve in Williamson County, Texas. Previous storm damage caused the dam to fail and impounded pond waters pushed the surface portion of the historic dam downstream. Williamson County Parks Department contracted with a construction firm to make repairs to the dam. Consequently, AAG was contacted about the discovery of the subsurface old historic dam limestone blocks and this led to discussions with the Texas Historical Commission, Archeology Division, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Fort Worth District. Subsequently, a Texas Antiquities Permit (6674) for monitoring was obtained and all work was also conducted under the auspices of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Construction resumed with AAG on-site to ensure that the remnant historic dam features were not disturbed. The remaining dam portions were encapsulated with cement to provide a strong retention dam and to provide for long-term preservation of the historic dame and any potential remaining cultural deposits. No artifacts or features were encountered during monitoring, therefore, only project records are curated at the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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