Archeological Investigations Related to Fort Larned NHS Refrigerant Line Replacement and Officers' Cellars Stabilization

Author(s): Douglas D. Scott

Year: 1998


Archeological testing and mitigation was performed for two projects at Fort Larned National Historic Site. The first project consisted of relocating a buried air conditioner refrigerant line that passed through the 1860 adobe Commissary Storehouse and Enlistedmens' Barracks (HSll) and near a feature (Feature 17) previously identified by Earl Monger as a possible privy pit. The second project entailed testing in cellars located under the Officers Quarters (north cellar, HS7 and north and south cellars, HS9) to determine if any floor features were still present. The excavations in the Officers' Quarters revealed no cultural features or period artifacts. The work along the air conditioner line confirmed that the HS 11 foundations were damaged during the old sewer line installation. However, this work documents the fill sequence and the remaining foundation condition. The Feature 17 locale was investigated and found to be modern iron and other debris. The sheet trash, dating to the farm period occupation, is scattered over a fairly large area, but no formal trash deposit exists in the area. Front end loader stripping work proved that no buried latrine or other cultural feature exists in this area. A previously noted magnetic was identified as near surface substantial iron artifacts. As long as the air conditioner line replacement follows the existing alignment no further damage is likely to occur in HS 11. The area north ofRS 11 appears to have no cultural features and trenching in this area is not expect to affect any buried cultural resources.

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Archeological Investigations Related to Fort Larned NHS Refrigerant Line Replacement and Officers' Cellars Stabilization. Douglas D. Scott. Lincoln, Nebraska: Midwest Archeological Center, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. 1998 ( tDAR id: 375653) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8B27TZP

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min long: -99.226; min lat: 38.157 ; max long: -99.195; max lat: 38.2 ;

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

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