An Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Small Arms Range Parcel, Westover Air Force Base, Chicopee, Massachusetts

Author(s): Denise Mowchan; Deborah Cox

Year: 1989


In October 1988, an intensive level archaeological survey was conducted at the Small Arms Range on the Westover Air Force Base (WAFB) in the town of Chicopee, Massachusetts. The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. performed this survey under contract with IEP, Inc. and the Army Corps of Engineers, New England Division. This survey was conducted in compliance with Federal Legislation pertaining to historic preservation, the purpose being to locate and identify any archaeological resources within the Small Arms parcel, in order to provide information to assist in a determination of effect for the proposed expansion project.

In 1981, The PAL, Inc., conducted an archaeological reconnaissance survey of the entire Westover Air Force Base. The area encompassing the Small Arms range (which includes the four to five acre parcel to be developed) was designated as highly sensitive for archaeological sites during the reconnaissance survey. This area received this rating due to the high frequency of sites found in similar environmental settings, minimal disturbances, and the presence of prehistoric cultural material. Quartz chipping debris was discovered eroding from the banks of several well-drained, sandy knolls south of the B & M Railroad tracks (Cox 1981). However, subsurface testing during this stage of investigation did not locate any significant cultural remains. Since no potentially significant prehistoric or historic period remains will be impacted by the proposed expansion of the Small Arms Range, no further archaeological testing is recommended.

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An Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Small Arms Range Parcel, Westover Air Force Base, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Denise Mowchan, Deborah Cox. 1989 ( tDAR id: 438099) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8438099

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -73.011; min lat: 41.984 ; max long: -71.846; max lat: 42.482 ;

Record Identifiers

PAL, Inc. Report No.(s): 263

Contract No.(s): DACA 33-87-D-0002

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