Archaeological survey for proposed landfill expansion (phase I), City of Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas




Burkett, Ronald W.

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Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio


A cultural resource pedestrian survey was conducted within a 105-acre tract acquired by the City of Del Rio, Val Verde County. for a landfill expansion project September 25 and 26,1989. The results of this surface reconnaissance resulted in the recording of one prehistoric site (41 VV 1251). Early Archaic points were found to be eroding at a depth of 60 cm in an erosional cut, and temporally undiagnostic bifaces and biface fragments were exposed on and just under the surface. In addition, a proximal fragment of a Paleo-Indian Clovis point was surface collected outside the study area at a greater elevation but on the same ridgeline. The limited collection appears to indicate a probable Paleo-Indian and Early Archaic occupation of the project area. Mapping and subsurface testing are recommended to define the components present at 41 VV 1251, and to determine eligibility for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or for designation as a State Archeological Landmark. Geomorphological studies are also recommended to ascertain the soil formation in this vicinity.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, Del Rio, Val Verde County, Indians of North America