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 Abilene Independent School District (ISD) Taylor Elementary School Project in the City of Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. The project area or Area of Potential Effects (APE) encompasses 14.96 acres (ac). As the Abilene ISD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, it is required to comply with the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT). The cultural resources survey was conducted on 17 April 2019 under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8845. All work conformed to 13 Texas Administrative Code 26, which outline the regulations for implementing the ACT.
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 or eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. 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, pedestrian reconnaissance of the project area, intensive archeological survey via systematic shovel test excavation, and archival research.
No archeological resources were documented within the 14.96-ac APE as a result of this survey. Based on the results of this survey, no additional cultural resources survey efforts are recommended for the project area. It is the recommendation of IES that the State Historic Preservation Officer, represented by the Texas Historical Commission (THC), concur with these findings. However, if any cultural resources are encountered during construction, the operators should cease work immediately in that area and contact the project cultural resources consultant to initiate coordination with the THC prior to resuming any construction activities in the vicinity of the inadvertent discovery. No artifacts were collected during this survey. All field and project-related records will be temporarily stored at the IES McKinney office and permanently curated at the Center for Archaeological Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
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