Prime Engineering, Inc. (Prime), under a contract with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), and in cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is currently designing a multi-use bicycle, pedestrian, and equestrian path known as the Trestle Trail Shared-Use Path (East) in Coventry, Rhode Island (Figure 1-1). The RIDOT Cultural Resources Unit reviewed project plans and determined that the project area is sensitive for archaeological sites associated with pre- and post-contact Native American and Euro-American activities, and concluded that a Phase I(c) archaeological survey was required to identify potentially significant archaeological properties that may be impacted by the proposed undertaking. In response to a request from Prime and RIDOT, PAL has completed a Phase I(c) archaeological survey and Phase II site examinations for the proposed Trestle Trail Shared-Use Path (East). The archaeological survey and subsequent site examinations involved archaeological excavation within areas of proposed project impacts and the examination and assessment of the recovered material assemblage. The following report summarizes the goals, methodologies, and results of the archaeological surveys and offers recommendations based upon the results of the survey. Author: Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL)
Scope and Contents: Consists of one copy of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Archeology Series No. 172: Trestle Trail Shared-Use Path-East, Coventry, R.I. report completed by the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL).