Recent Archaeological Investigations at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis
In 2015 the National Park Service and the City of St. Louis initiated a major redesign and renovation of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; home of the Gateway Arch. The memorial is located on the site of the French colonial 18th century village of St. Louis which later in the 19th century developed into the commercial hub of the city. Due to the continued growth of the city throughout the 19th century as well as the destruction and redevelopment following the Great Fire of 1849 and ultimately the leveling and grading of the park location ahead of the construction of the Gateway Arch and its grounds, it was felt that there was a low potential for the survival of archaeological deposits. However, through a well-conceived methodological approach, National Park Service Archaeologists and SCI Engineering working in conjunction were able to identify and recover intact features dating to the mid-19th century.
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Recent Archaeological Investigations at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis. Don Booth, Robert J. Moore. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441140)
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