Location: Missouri        Length: 12 min

Normally, archaeological survey of proposed highway corridors takes place during the planning phase of the work. Sometimes, the initial ground check leads to further investigation and even full-scale excavation of archaeological sites in the path of the roadway. Excavations in 2005 prior to the upgrade of “The Avenue of the Saints,” U.S. Route 61 in 15 miles of the Mississippi River valley in Missouri, revealed over 1000 buried features, 60,000 artifacts, and copious environmental data from over two dozen sites spanning 10,000 years.

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The Archaeology of Missouri along the Fishing River

Avenue of the Saints Archaeological Project

Missouri Archaeological Society

Missouri Archaeology (Archaeolink)

New Frontiers in Missouri’s Past (Missouri Department of Transportation)