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An Archaeological Survey of the Douthit Ferry Iron Bridge-Dellinger Park Trailhead Mini-Park and Mulit-Use Trail City of Cartersville, Bartow County

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In compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division staff conducted an intensive archaeological survey for a segment of the Etowah River Greenway Project in Bartow County, Georgia. The project, funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the Department of Natural Resources' Georgia Recreational Trails Program, proposes to construct a multi-use trail linking the city of Cartersville's Dellinger Park and the Etowah River Greenway Corridor. Also proposed are a mini-trailhead facility and parking area. One archaeological site was located during this survey. A portion of previously recorded site 9BR87, a Mississippian artifact scatter that had been defined by surface investigation only, is located within the proposed project area. Based on the findings of this survey, the portion of site 9BR87 that is within the project area contains intact subsurface cultural material and is recommended eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Investigation of the site outside of the project area was not within the scope of this survey. In the area of the site, the proposed project would consist of the addition of fill to prepare a red clay base for construction of the eight (8) foot wide concrete trail. The ground disturbance would be limited to the surface and would not affect the intact cultural material located 30 to 60 cm below surface (bs). In addition, it is likely that construction of the old Douthit Ferry Road, now abandoned, impacted the southwestern portion of this site. However, it is not possible to determine prior to removal of the asphalt if indeed any portion of the site remains intact. Archaeological monitoring is recommended during the removal of the old road surface during construction of the multi-use trail in this area.