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Phase I Archeological Survey for the Proposed Zacate Creek Hike and Bike Trail, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
In May 2017, archeologists from Moore Archeological Consulting, Inc. (MAC) conducted intensive archeological survey with shovel testing in accordance with Texas Historical Commission (THC) guidelines on an approximately 3.4-km-long Area of Potential Effects (APE) for a proposed hike and bike trail in the northeastern portion of the City of Laredo. The project area runs mostly west of a recently completed section of Bartlett Ave. between North Beach Lane and East Del Mar Blvd., just north of the Laredo International Airport (Figures 1 through 3). The depth of impacts for the project are anticipated to be less than one meter in depth.
Because the proposed project will be undertaken on land that is to be donated to the City of Laredo, the project falls under the Texas Administrative Code (13 TAC 26.20). The recent archeological investigation comprised pedestrian survey including shovel testing, photography, site recording, basic archival research, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and State Antiquities Landmark (SAL) eligibility assessment, artifact and data analysis, and report preparation in accordance with THC and Council of Texas Archeologists (CTA) standards. The APE consisted of a 3.4-km-long by 18-m- (60-ft-) wide corridor. The total survey area was approximately 61,200 square m or 15.12 acres.
Two archeological sites, 41WB835 and 41WB836, both sparse lithic scatters lacking temporally diagnostic materials, were recorded as a result of this survey; the portions of both sites within the current project APE are recommended as not eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or as State Antiquities Landmarks (SALs). Surface examination and recent aerial photography indicates the majority of the proposed APE has already undergone extensive modification. Based on these results, no further archeological investigation is recommended. Jennifer Hatchett Kimbell served as Principal Investigator (TAC Permit #8037), and Veronica Garcia served as field assistant.
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