Texas Historical Commission
This report documents the substantive findings and management recommendations of an archeological survey conducted by Integrated Environmental Solutions, LLC (IES) for the Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 549 Improvements Project (CSJ 1015-01-024). The proposed project will expand and realign a portion of FM 549 southeast of the City of Rockwall, Rockwall County, Texas. As the project sponsor, the Texas Department of Transportation, is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, the proposed project will require coordination with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) prior to construction, per the provisions of the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT).
The goal of this survey was to identify and document any archeological sites that could be adversely affected by the proposed development, and to evaluate such resources for their potential eligibility for listing as a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL) or eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The archeological survey was conducted by Principal Investigator Christopher Goodmaster and Field Technicians Joshua McCormick, Will Maddux, and Toby Settle on 08 January 2019 under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8504. All work conformed to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 800 and 13 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 26, which outline the regulations for implementing Section 106 of the NHPA and the ACT, respectively. No archeological resources were documented within the 35.28-acre Area of Potential Effects (APE) as a result of this survey.
No artifacts were collected during this survey. All project records will be temporarily stored at the IES McKinney office and permanently curated at the Center for Archeological Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio. No additional archeological survey or evaluation is recommended within the APE as it is presently defined. However, if any archeological deposits or features are encountered during construction, the operators should stop construction activities in the vicinity of the inadvertent discovery and immediately contact the project cultural resources consultant to initiate coordination with TxDOT and the THC prior to resuming construction activities.
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