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An evaluation of the archaeological potential of Riverfront Park in Corvallis, Oregon

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Title An evaluation of the archaeological potential of Riverfront Park in Corvallis, Oregon
Names Littlefield, Steven W. (creator)
Brauner, David (advisor)
Date Issued 1998-03-06 (iso8601)
Note Graduation date: 1998
Abstract The archaeological resources contained in Corvallis Riverfront
Commemorative Park (RCP) have a great potential to add to the historical
record of the warehouse district of the original town of Marysville (Corvallis).
The City of Corvallis' proposed Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project and
proposed changes to Riverfront Commemorative Park threaten to destroy
archaeological resources within the research area.
The purpose of this research was to assess the archaeological potential
of the research area between VanBuren and Jefferson Avenues along the
Willamette River. The assessment was based on an archaeological survey and
historical documents. Historical records and maps were used to create a
chronology of the developments which occurred within the research area. By
knowing who occupied the riverfront and when, archaeologists can design a
plan for the excavation of these resources. The archaeological survey was
conducted to locate remains that may be related to structures that once
occupied the riverfront. Maps of the City's proposed construction were used to
determine the potential resources that will be impacted.
The historical record indicated that there is a great potential for the
research area to yield archaeological remains which can add to our knowledge
about the formation of Marysville (Corvallis). These archaeological remains if
properly excavated could be used for public interpretation and as a common
theme within Riverfront Commemorative Park. An assessment of
construction project maps for the CSO project and proposed changes to
Riverfront Commemorative Park indicate that a majority of the archaeological
resources contained within the research area will be destroyed. Based on these
assessments it is recommended that the City of Corvallis conduct subsurface
archaeological testing to recover as much information related to the
settlement of the research area as possible.
Genre Thesis/Dissertation
Topic Corvallis Riverfront Park -- History
Identifier http://hdl.handle.net/1957/33907

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