Phase II (Site Testing) of Four Historic Sites, McGuire Air Force Base, Burlington County, New Jersey

Author(s): Richard D. Holmes; Toni R. Goar

Year: 1998


TRC Mariah Associates Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico performed Phase II site testing at four historic sites at McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County, New Jersey. Research was undertaken as part of the cultural resource management responsibilities of the Air Mobility Command, not in anticipation of a specific project. Site testing followed an archaeological site locational survey (Headquarters, Air Mobility Command 1995).

The four historic sites are identified as 28-Bu-473, Historic Site Locality 9, 28-Bu-474, Historic Site Locality 10, 28-Bu-472, Historic Site Locality 1-6, 28-Bu-471, Approach Lights Site. Of these four historic sites, only one, 28-Bu-473, had an intact subsurface brick foundation that is associated with structures formerly standing on this parcel. A dense concentration of artifacts was recovered, including glass indicative of occupation by a household prior to the condemnation of the land for military purposes at the time of World War II. This site is therefore recommended as eligible to the National Register of Historic Places on the basis of criterion (d). The data that may be recovered from this site will relate to the occupation of a rural crossroads community in southern New Jersey in the first half of the twentieth century. Although most of the artifacts that were found here date from the twentieth century, the site is at the location of earlier structures, as indicated on nineteenth-century maps. Any information on nineteenth century occupation of the site will contribute to understanding the former community of Pointville, and will add to what is already known from archival sources and the data recovery conducted at a taven/hotel site nearby (Hunter Research, Inc. 1993). Sites 28-Bu-474 and 28-Bu-472 were heavily impacted and there is little integrity to either site. Therefore, neither site is recommended to the National Register of Historic Places. 28-Bu-471 was an artifact scatter with no features. The scatter was located mainly in a two-track road, and no integrity remains to the site. 28-Bu-471 is therefore recommended as not eligible to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Phase II (Site Testing) of Four Historic Sites, McGuire Air Force Base, Burlington County, New Jersey. Richard D. Holmes, Toni R. Goar. 1998 ( tDAR id: 438554) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8438554

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