Replacement of the MD 328 Bridge Over Tuckahoe Creek, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
Caroline and Talbot Counties, MD
Excavations at the Koubeck Site provided a unique example of extensive project coordination and adaptive methodology to changing project circumstances. The unanticipated discovery of a Native American ossuary within the area of potential effects required RK&K to closely coordinate with SHA, the Maryland Historical Trust and tribal officials. The field methodology was quickly adapted to include a ground-penetrating radar survey in the area surrounding the ossuary to identify the extent of the burials. Excavations produced artifact deposits associated with the Early Archaic, Late Archaic through Late Woodland periods; a temporally unknown ossuary; a late 18th through 20th century domestic settlement; and mid-19th to mid-20th century architectural and domestic refuse and features associated with the Phillips Packing Company. The Koubeck Site was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion D because of its potential to yield new information important to prehistory and history.