Project Description


Archaeological investigations at Miller Field

Gateway National Recreation Area
Staten Island, NY




FHWA / National Park Service
21400 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA 20166

Kevin Rose
(571) 434-1541

For the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (contracted through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Authority) Potomac-Hudson Environmental, Inc.-Hunter Research, Inc. (PHEnv-Hunter) conducted archaeological investigations ahead of proposed pedestrian, parking, and traffic improvements at Miller Field, Gateway National Recreation Area, Richmond County, Staten Island, New York.

Work tasks consisted of: site-specific archival research and systematic archaeological testing within proposed improvements consisting of a new entrance and parking lot at Father Capodanno Boulevard; reconstruction of Parking Lot E; a new pedestrian trail and the expansion of Parking Lot B; analysis of research and fieldwork data; and report preparation. The subsurface investigations involved the excavation of a total of 50 shoval tests, and 16 test trenches excavated using a backhoe directed by an archaeologist.

The potential for encountering evidence of prehistoric and historical archaeological sites was considered moderate based on the topography and background research. No significant archaeological remains were found. Material culture dating to the mid-18th century through the mid-19th century was recovered from disturbed contexts in and around the proposed expansion of Parking Lot B.

These deposits are not considered significant and no further investigation is recommended. The remains of several buildings related to the 20th-century airbase were also identified. These foundation and demolition debris, well documented at the time of construction, are also not considered significant archaeological resources. No further investigation was recommended in advance of the proposed improvements at Miller Field.