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Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

Sphere 3 Environmental, Inc. (Sphere 3) conducted an intensive pedestrian cultural resource survey of approximately 15.12 hectares (37.35 acres) of land designated as the Area of Potential Effects (APE) on October 28, 29, and 31, and November 6, 2019, in response to the proposed undertaking to construct the Hallsville ISD K - 4 School campus. The project sponsor and owner of the project area is the Hallsville Independent School District. The project area is situated wholly within the City of Longview, Texas. The project area is located on the southwest side of Loop 281 and the north side of Page Road in western Harrison County. The cultural resources survey was conducted under Texas Antiquities Permit Number 9146 to identify properties eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or listing as a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL). A total of 81 shovel tests were excavated across the project area. Two archaeological sites, 41HS1024 and 41HS1025 were newly discovered by the survey. Site 41HS1024 was identified as a dual-component historic and indeterminate prehistoric, very low-density subsurface artifact distribution site. The site consists of five chipped stone flakes and flake fragments and two historic glass shards. Site 41HS1025 was identified as an early to middle 20th century historic, low-density subsurface and surface artifact scatter. Cultural objects recovered from shovel testing of the two newly recorded sites and all documents associated with this investigation were curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) in Austin, Texas. Site 41HS1024 and Site 41HS1025 have been evaluated as not eligible for inclusion in the NRHP or for listing as a SAL. Sphere 3 therefore recommends that construction of school campus buildings and facilities proceed as planned without further cultural resource investigation.

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