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Suffolk, VA

Site 44SK0406 is located in an undeveloped portion of the Bridgeway Commerce Park, immediately to the east of the former State Route 624 (Skeet Road) in the City of Suffolk, Virginia. The site was first identified in the course of Phase I survey conducted by archaeologists of Espey, Huston & Associates, Inc. in 1990. The James River Institute for Archaeology, Inc. (JRIA) subsequently conducted a Phase II archaeological investigation of the site in 1994. As a result of the Phase II evaluation, JRIA concluded that this resource, representing a probable tenant occupation on the Yeates Free School Land dating from ca. 1780 through 1850, possessed sufficient integrity and research potential to be considered eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion D, and that any future adverse effect to the site should be mitigated through Phase III data recovery. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) subsequently concurred with this recommendation. A Phase III archaeological data recovery has been conducted to meet the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended) pursuant to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for impacts to wetlands. The report will be completed in September 2006.

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