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Cultural Resources Survey for the Prosper High School #2 Project, Town of Prosper, Collin County, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
This report documents the substantive findings and management recommendations of a cultural resources survey conducted by Integrated Environmental Solutions, LLC (IES) for the Prosper High School #2 Project in the Town of Prosper, Collin County, Texas. The direct APE encompasses approximately 129 acres (ac) and was comprised of a 100- ac proposed school site fronting Coit Road with an associated 2.1-mile (mi; 29-ac) sanitary sewer pipeline corridor that extends west, along Parvin Branch from the proposed school location to Preston Road (State Highway [SH] 289). As the Town of Prosper is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, it is required to comply with the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT). In addition, as the project will require a Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Individual Permit (IP) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), portions of the project are subject to the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended. All work conformed to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 800, and 13 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 26, which outline the regulations for implementing Section 106 of the NHPA and the ACT, respectively.
The goal of this survey was to locate, identify, and document any cultural resources, which included architectural and archeological resources, that could be adversely affected by the proposed development and to evaluate such resources for their potential eligibility for designation as a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL) or eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). These investigations consisted of a records review to identify previously conducted cultural resources surveys in the area and the known archeological and architectural resources recorded by those efforts, visual reconnaissance of the project area, subsurface investigations via systematic shovel test excavation, and archival research.
The cultural resources survey was conducted by archeologists Anne Gibson, Pat Donahue, and Christopher Goodmaster on 10 January and 01 February 2018, under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8266. Although three historic-period archeological sites (41COL305, 41COL310, and 41COL311) and two architectural resources were documented during the field survey, based on each site’s lack of association with a significant historical event(s) or person(s) and low potential to yield significant archeological data, the sites are deemed not eligible for inclusion in the NRHP or designation as SALs.
Based on the results of this survey, no additional evaluation or mitigation is warranted for the identified cultural resources. It is the recommendation of IES that the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), represented by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) concur with these findings. However, if any cultural resources (other than those documented within this report) are encountered during construction, the operators should cease work immediately in that area and contact the project environmental representative to initiate coordination with the THC prior to resuming any construction activities. No artifacts were collected during this survey. All field and project-related records will be temporarily curated at the IES McKinney office and permanently curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL).
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