Archeological Geophysical Surveys at Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock, Arkansas

Author(s): Ann Bauermeister; William J. Hunt, Jr.

Year: 2004

Summary

Archeologists from the Midwest Archeological Center, assisted by the Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources for Central High School National Historic Site, conducted geophysical surveys and documentary research at CHSC from September 15-18, 2003. The work focuses on the vacant lot located at the northeast comer of Daisy L. Gatson Bates Street and South Park Street that is the proposed site of a new Visitor Center. Beginning at least as early as 1897, the lot served both residential and commercial purposes. Two residences were located here in addition to a plant nursery and greenhouse operation whose business continued until 1988. A fire in 1988 destroyed all but one of the structures, which was demolished the following year. Results from the ground penetrating radar and magnetic gradiometer surveys indicate that subsurface cultural deposits are present across much of the lot, but most appear to be comprised of structural and occupational debris associated with former greenhouse operations. Data also show the property has been subject to considerable ground

disturbance, yet evidence for two building footprints are identified that appear to represent structures dating to 1897. Portions of earlier deposits and/or features could continue to exist as intact site elements; this would have to be confirmed through evaluative archeological excavation.

Cite this Record

Archeological Geophysical Surveys at Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock, Arkansas. Ann Bauermeister, William J. Hunt, Jr.. Lincoln, Nebraska: Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. 2004 ( tDAR id: 375652) ; doi:10.6067/XCV80R9P36

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -92.314; min lat: 34.714 ; max long: -92.283; max lat: 34.746 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contributor(s): Central High School National Historic Site; Mike Madell

Sponsor(s): Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service

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