Archaeological Investigation - Shasta Ruins Stabilization


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Archaeological Investigation - Shasta Ruins Stabilization
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Conduct archaeological test to determine historic design of brick structures and efficacy of drain system at Shasta SHP Southside Ruins, to assist the design team on the proposed Shasta SHP Ruins Stabilization Project. Although the tops of drain arches are visible in the front and rear walls of some of the structures, many details are obscured by the soil within the buildings. Recent geotechnical and historical studies revealed relatively recent fill, including brick fragments, at depths ranging from 3 feet to more than 10 feet deep around the buildings. DPR archaeologists propose excavation of small test units and narrow trenches within or just outside the brick walls of extant structures with the following goals: - Attempt to discover/describe the historic drain systems - Characterize the contents and timing of the fill within the structures - Expose and describe the walls and footings obscured by the fill. The rear wall at Lot 12, the rear side wall of Lot 14, and the front walls of Lots 15 and 19 all exhibit construction anomalies that may be drain structures. These areas will be the focus of some of the test pits designed to observe the historic drain system design. In addition, a small number of units will be intuitively placed beside the front or side walls in Lots 9, 11, 16, and 20 to ascertain details of wall and foundation construction.

Contact Information
Susan Wilcox
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Lead/Public Agency
1416 Ninth Street P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Phone : (916) 445-8933



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of basic data collection, research, and resource evaluation activities that do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource, included as "archaeological investigations by Department staff" on Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR § 15300.4.

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