Corps sides with SugarHouse on site's archaeology (Philadelphia)

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The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed with archaeologists for the SugarHouse casino that the project's 22-acre Philadelphia site along the Delaware River does not hold remnants of a British fort from the Revolutionary War or an 18th-century men's social club.

In a letter Monday to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the chief of the corps' regulatory branch in Philadelphia, Frank Cianfrani, said the developer had made "a reasonable and good faith effort" to identify historic properties.

He did, however, advise the commission that two areas of the site, which straddles Northern Liberties and Fishtown, are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and require further excavation. The areas include brick-lined shafts from 18th-century privies and a 1,500-square-foot plot where archaeologists unearthed more than 200 American Indian artifacts.

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