An Archaeological Survey for the Johnson's Backyard Garden in Southeast Travis County, Texas
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A cultural resources survey was conducted at an organic vegetable farm in Travis County (185 acres) by Brazos Valley Research Associates (BVRA) in February of 2012. The client proposes to construct a farm irrigation system that includes the drilling of water supply test wells, permanent wells, an underground pipeline, a re- regulation reservoir and associated drainway, a pump station, and an area in the center of the farm that will contain a cold storage facility, offices, and other facilities. Four high probability areas were identified, and sites were found at three of these areas. Site 41TV2402 is historic and was probably first occupied in 1906 when an unknown structure believed to be a house was constructed. Later, the land was used for dairy farming, row crop production, and most recently for hay production. This site has been totally destroyed, and a bridge that is believed to be associated with the 1906 structure is in poor condition. Site 41TV2402 and the bridge are in areas not associated with the proposed irrigation project and are not considered worthy of additional work or protection. Sites 41TV2403 and 41TV2404 are prehistoric, and they are located on the north and south banks of Dry Creek. These sites are described in this report as camps of unknown age and function. The presence of fragments of mussel shell at both sites, however, suggests that the procurement and consumption of this species of mussel was one of the activities conducted at these sites. The primary source of raw material for lithic artifacts in this area is believed to be gravels in the Colorado River. Copies of the report are on file at the THC, the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL), the Texas State Library, Brazos Valley Research Associates (BVRA), and Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
Subjectarcheological reports for Texas
archaeological reports for Texas
Brazos Valley Research Associates
Travis County, Texas
Moore, William (2015). An Archaeological Survey for the Johnson's Backyard Garden in Southeast Travis County, Texas. Available electronically from