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An Archaeological Survey of a Proposed Expansion of Hurricane Shoals Park, Jackson County, Georgia

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This report represents the results of an archaeological and historical survey related to a proposed expansion of hurricane Shoals Park in Jackson County, Georgia. Hurricane Shoals is located on the North Oconee River, approximately seven miles northeast of Jefferson(See Figure I). The proposed park area is on both sites of the North Oconee and is slightly over 18 acres in extent. The archaeological and historical survey was conducted in order to evaluate cultural resources in the park area which might be jeopardized by the proposed expansion. The original research plan for the survey involved the following areas of study: 1) A determination, map location and description of all archaeological and historical sites located within the proposed park area; 2) The determination of level of significance for identified archaeological and historical sites and recommendation concerning eligibility of identified sites to the National Register of historic Places; 3) An evaluation of the potential effect of proposed park construction on identified cultural remains; and 4) If necessary, the formulation of a research design to structure future investigation to alleviate adverse impacts of the proposed park project. Since it is the conclusion of this study that no adverse impacts to cultural resources will take place as the result of park expansion, a research design is not provided as part of this report. However, all other aspects of the original survey plan are addressed. The actual field inspection of the Hurricane Shoals Park site required 25 man/days. An additional 4 man/days were devoted to discussions.