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Cultural Resources Investigations Of The Cps Energy Eastwood Village Overhead Pole Replacement Project, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. (RKEI), was contracted by CPS Energy (CLIENT) to conduct cultural resources investigations for the CPS Energy (CPSE) Eastwood Village Overhead Pole Replacement Project (Eastwood Village Project), conducted under CPSE Work Order Number 40236867. The project was located within the eastern right-of-way (ROW) of Upland Drive, between Jarbet Drive and Leonidas Drive in east San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The undertaking consisted of the archaeological monitoring of seven boreholes measuring an average diameter of 26 inches (66 centimeters [cm]) and an average depth of 98 inches (249 cm) to allow for new wooden overhead utility pole installation and eventual sidewalk installation along the eastern ROW of Upland Drive. For archaeological purposes, each pole installation will disturb approximately 3.66 cubic feet of surface area, for a total of 25.62 cubic feet, or less than 1/10th of an acre, for all seven poles.
Given that the project took place within a publicly owned ROW, and because CPSE is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, the project was subject to review under the jurisdiction of Chapter 35 of the Unified Development Code (UDC) of the City of San Antonio (COSA) (Article VI, Historic Preservation and Urban Design, COSA UDC), as well as the Antiquities Code of Texas (ACT) (Texas Natural Resources Code, Title 9, Chapter 191).
Cultural resources monitoring investigations for the Eastwood Village Project were conducted on March 28, 2019. Rhiana D. Ward served as Principal Investigator and Project Manager, and all field work was completed by Project Archaeologist Kirsten M. Atwood, Ph.D. Overall, the APE was found to be moderately impacted from existing utility installation and construction disturbance. No intact cultural deposits or features were observed. As such, no cultural materials were collected for this project.
RKEI made a reasonable and good faith effort to identify cultural resources within the given project area; however, no cultural deposits or features were identified. As such, RKEI recommends no further archaeological investigations for the current APE. However, should additions be made to the Project Area, additional cultural resources investigations may be required. All photographs and field records produced during field investigations will be curated at the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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