Intensive Pedestrian Survey of the Eisenhower Trail Segment, Howard Peak Greenway Trail, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
On May 19-21, 2020, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) conducted an intensive pedestrian survey of the Eisenhower Park Trail Segment of the Howard Peak Greenway Trail in northwest San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The work was conducted in response to a request from Adams Environmental, Inc. The original alignment of the trail (The Rim to Eisenhower Park) had been surveyed previously by CAR in 2015, but a redesign necessitated a survey of this portion of the trail segment. This portion of the trail was redesigned because the slope of the previous path was steep within the project area, and constructing and maintaining the necessary Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant grade would have been challenging. The work is sponsored by the City of San Antonio (COSA) Parks and Recreation Department. The project falls under the COSA Unified Development Code as well as the Texas Antiquities Code. The CAR obtained Texas Antiquities Permit No. 9394 prior to the beginning work. Cynthia Munoz served as the Principal Investigator, and Sarah Wigley served as the Project Archaeologist. CAR excavated 22 shovel tests along a 1750 m (1.09 mi.) long and 9.14 m (30 ft.) wide linear area that comprises 0.69 ha (1.7 ac.). One shovel test was positive for cultural material, but delineating shovel tests were negative. Soils within the APE were found to be predominately either fill or extremely shallow. No archaeological sites were recorded during the course of this survey. The CAR recommends that construction proceed as planned. The THC agreed with CAR's recommendation. However, if cultural materials are encountered during project activities, work should cease in the immediate area and the City Archaeologist with the COSA-OHP and the THC should be notified. All records generated during this project and the recovered chert biface are curated at the CAR (accession #2271) in accordance with THC guidelines.