Texas Historical Commission
In October 2017, Gray & Pape, Inc., of Houston, Texas, performed an intensive pedestrian cultural resources survey of approximately 13.8 hectares (34 acres) of land proposed for development in northeast Harris County, Texas. The Lead Federal Agency for this project has been identified as the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District.
The goals of the survey were to establish whether previously unidentified buried archaeological resources were located within or immediately adjacent to the project’s Area of Potential Effects and if so to provide management recommendations for such resources. The survey was undertaken in accordance with requirements set forth by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, specifically requirements set forth by 36 CFR 800. The procedures to be followed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill the requirements set forth in the National Historic Preservation Act, other applicable historic preservation laws, and Presidential directives as they relate to the regulatory program of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (33 CFR Parts 320-334) are articulated in the Regulatory Program of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Part 325 - Processing of Department of the Army Permits, Appendix C - Procedures for the Protection of Historic Properties. All fieldwork and reporting activities were completed with reference to State laws and guidelines (the Antiquities Code of Texas). Survey and site identification followed Texas Antiquities Code standards.
Fieldwork took place between October 13 and 17, 2017, and required 48 person hours to complete. Field investigation consisted of intensive pedestrian surface inspection, subsurface shovel testing, photographic documentation, and mapping. A total of 22 shovel tests were excavated. No prehistoric or historic artifacts or cultural features were observed. No new or previously recorded archaeological sites were located within the project boundary.
Based on the results of the survey, Gray & Pape, Inc. recommends that no further cultural resources work be required and that the project be cleared to proceed as currently planned.
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