Texas Historical Commission
Between February 05 and 08, 2013, archeologists from Blanton & Associates, Inc., at the request of HuittZollars, Inc. and on behalf of the Texas Department of Transportation, Paris District, conducted an intensive non-collection archeological survey of the proposed Farm-to-Market 47 bridge replacement at the Sabine River located in Rains and Van Zandt Counties, Texas (CSJ No. 0770-01-015). The proposed bridge replacement and roadway improvements encompass 6.27 acres.
The 100 percent visual inspection, augmented by strategically placed backhoe trenches, resulted in the discovery of one archeological site (41VN132) within the proposed project right of way and determined that previously recorded site 41RA12 does not extend into the proposed right of way. Site 41VN132 was discovered within the southeast quadrant of the proposed project boundary and extends beyond the proposed right of way; therefore, its significance cannot be determined. Although the full site boundary is unknown for 41VN132, the portion of the site located within the proposed project boundary is not recommended as significant and would not contribute to the site’s eligibility if it were later fully assessed and determined eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places or listing as a State Archeological Landmark. Additional investigations may be warranted if the proposed project boundary expands beyond the Area of Potential Effect.
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