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In response to a request for proposal from Chester IDE Associates, an infrastructure design and engineering firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, a preliminary archaeological assessment has been prepared for a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) advance planning report (APR) on proposed improvements to State Route 8 from its intersection with State Route 29, (a divided, limited-access highway also known as a portion of Corridor J), north and west to its intersection with State Route 27, (or Suck Creek Road), Hamilton County, Tennessee. The length of the study corridor is 1.77 miles, and this portion of S.R. 8 is a four to five lane thoroughfare. Locally, State Route 8 is known as Signal Mountain Boulevard and serves as the principal access route to Chattanooga and environs for the northwestern incorporated areas of Chattanooga and most of the population of Signal Mountain, an incorporated township on the top of the Cumberland Plateau. The scope of work for the Archaeological Input report for the APR was described as follows: Review site survey files at the Division of Archaeology, report any recorded sites on a quadrangle map, field review project, and identify high probability areas. Prepare brief report (one to two pages), describe terrain and type of land use along project, and highlight sensitive areas. Include topographic maps. This report does not constitute a Phase I level archaeological survey. In addition to examining data on previously-recorded archaeological sites, two field inspections of the project area were made, the first being in the company of planners from Chester IDE Associates and personnel from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. In the course of this first field review on 22 October 1993, a meeting was held with the city manager of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, outlining various issues to be addressed in the APR.


Dept. of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)




Archaeology -- Tennessee -- Hamilton County; Antiquities; Archaeology; Hamilton County (Tenn.) -- Antiquities


Hamilton County (Tenn.)

Document Type



5 leaves



Call Number

F444.C46 C684 1994


A preliminary archaeological assessment of State Route 8, from State Route 27 to Palisades Drive, Hamilton County : archaeological input for a TDOT advance planning report