Archaeological dig that uncovered about 1,700 artifacts in Alamo Plaza concludes

San Antonio Express-News - By Scott Huddleston

 

Archeologist work on one of two sites following a briefing on the current status of a new archeological dig at The Alamo in San Antonio, on Thursday, August 4, 2016. The project seeks to discover additional boundary lines and walls that will contribute to The Alamo's overall historical narrative. Photo: BRITTANY GREESON, Staff / San Antonio Express-News / © 2016 San Antonio Express-News

Photo: BRITTANY GREESON, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

Members of an archaeological “dream team” that has concluded a nearly monthlong excavation in Alamo Plaza said they consider the dig a success, despite rain that halted progress in the final week.

“We’re all very excited that we found as much information as we did,” Nesta Anderson, lead investigator on the project and senior archaeologist with Pape-Dawson Engineers said during a final daily briefing this morning.

Highlights of the excavation included discovery of a formation of 1700s adobe bricks at what may have been the base of the inner portion of the Alamo’s west wall, and stones that may have been part of a “footer” for the south wall, near the main gate of the mission-fortress, which underwent numerous structural changes.

Also found were the tip of a Mexican sword and about 1,700 artifacts, including pieces of a mission-era ceramic known as Goliad ware. Information from the dig will be incorporated into a report for a long-range master plan for the Alamo area.

City Archaeologist Kay Hindes, who coordinated the work under a state permit held by the city, said the work in the city-owned plaza was done by a “dream team” of archaeologists that included Raba Kistner and the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

One of the most important findings was that despite many changes to the plaza over the past 300 years, there still are intact artifacts from various period of history below ground, Anderson said.

“This is the project of a lifetime,” she said.

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