Housing Unit Gets Go Ahead Survey Turned Up No Historic Artifacts

By Thompson, Allison | The Florida Times Union, October 3, 1998 | Go to article overview

Housing Unit Gets Go Ahead Survey Turned Up No Historic Artifacts


Thompson, Allison, The Florida Times Union


Centex Homes officials intend to go ahead with plans to build a

220-unit housing development near Atlantic Beach after an

archaeological firm told them the project won't destroy any

undiscovered treasures.

"Right now, I think they are intending, after this report, to

move forward," said Larry Marscheck, public relations manager at

Willman & Co., Centex's public relations firm.

Centex officials were concerned that the proposed development

might harm previously undiscovered cultural resources and that

the oldest known permanent settlement located on Pamela

Spencer's Atlantic Beach property about half a mile east of the

area might extend into the site.

Archaeologist Mike Russo, who discovered the site in Spencer's

back yard in 1989, expressed concern that there could be

undiscovered archaeological finds on the site of the proposed

development. In a Sept. 1 letter to Atlantic Beach Mayor Suzanne

Shaughnessy and the St. Johns River Water Management District,

he recommended that "any project planned in the area include

judicious consideration for the unknown cultural resources it

may impact."

Centex Homes retained Southeastern Archeological Research Inc.,

a Gainesvillebased firm, to conduct a cultural resource

assessment survey of the property. Archaeologists from the

company walked over the project area and did 60 shovel tests,

which consist of digging a small square or round pit in the

ground to determine if a site is there, according to a one-page

report sent to Centex.

One prehistoric archaeological site was found and subjected to

further shovel testing, the report stated. During all of the

testing, two ceramic artifacts and seven pieces of marine shell

were found. …

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