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Archaeological monitoring of below-grade construction and grading activities at the site of Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was undertaken by the Jeffrey L. Brown Institute of Archaeology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, on behalf of the Stadium Corporation, Chattanooga. Situated on a 35-acre tract bounded more or less by Main Street, Chestnut Street, 20th Street/Riverfront Parkway, U.S. 27 and Carter Street, the project area was impacted by the construction of parking lots funded in part by federal ISTEA funds. Excavation of the bowl housing the below-street-grade playing field of the stadium was not part of the impact area covered by this contract and report. The Institute was not engaged in monitoring during actual demolition of standing architecture on the site, which resulted in some sub-surface disturbance in the removal of footings and foundation pads. Construction management of potentially toxic industrial soils from industries formerly occupying the site dictated that fills generated during the excavation of the semisubterranean playing field bowl be redeposited on site in the location of all proposed parking lots, resulting in site aggradation rather than degradation or lowering of ground surface contours. Subsequent excavations for landscaping purposes or the emplacement of buried utilities generally did not penetrate the layer of redeposited site fills. Excavations around standing historic architecture on the site, including two foundry buildings constructed in the 1870s, (and identified collectively as the Ross-Meehan structures), were monitored, but these excavations revealed only shallow industrial waste accumulation on top of underlying sterile clays. In contrast, deep deposits of foundry waste were present in the parking lot areas west of the Ross-Meehan foundry buildings, but the deeper and older waste deposits were not significantly exposed by construction activities. It is concluded that no archaeological deposits or features potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places were impacted during grading and construction activities associated with the creation of parking lots for Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.


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



ii, 21 leaves



Call Number

F444.C46 C688 1998


A report on archaeological monitoring of the Ross-Meehan Property, Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee