Alamo digs shows why we dig Alamo

San Antonio Express-News - Editorial Board

The recent archaeological digs at the Alamo demonstrate why the site is historic for many reasons, beyond the famous 1836 battle. It took the development of a new master plan to spark renewed interest in this history — little of this kind of activity has occurred there since 1995.

The finds leave us hopeful for increased research, if this doesn’t disturb the remains of American Indians and others certainly interred there. An Express-News article by Scott Huddleston detailed the archaeology that has occurred and might in the future.

Such research will increase Texas’ knowledge of the Alamo. Before it was the Alamo — a military installation for the Spanish, Mexicans and Texians — it was Mission San Antonio de Valero.

But it is indisputable that it is most famous for the role it played in the fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico in 1836. This is why the purpose of the most recent digs was correctly to determine the compound’s west and south walls.

We’re certain that whatever is or has been discovered will help develop a master plan that recognizes everyone’s history at the site but is highly respectful of the special role the Alamo played in 1836.

The planning should include a world-class museum and visitors center that tell the site’s entire history but also bring the dynamics of the historic battle into sharp perspective. And research should aid in restoring the site as much as is practical to its 1836 footprint for the best retelling of that singularly important event. This latter goal will more firmly cement additional aid from the Legislature next year.

We laud the state General Land Office and the city of San Antonio for conducting these latest digs in the most transparent way possible.

Now, on to a master plan that does honor simultaneously to the Cradle of Texas liberty and to the history before and after.

Source: My SA