An Intensive Archaeological Survey of the French Creek Greenway Trail, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
Zapata, Jose E.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), in response to a request from Bain Medina Bain, Inc. (BMB), conducted an intensive pedestrian survey of the proposed French Creek Greenway Trail in northwest San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The project area consists of 2.1 km (1.3 miles) of proposed trail and trail connectors with a 15.2 m (50 ft) easement. The trail will generally run north to south in close proximity to French Creek, from Nani Falcone Park and meander south to the Leon Creek Greenway at Ebert Road. The work was completed between August 7 and 9, 2018. Subsequently, there were several alterations to the trail. These were surveyed in May of 2021. The French Creek trail segment is owned and construction is being funded by the City of San Antonio and thus falls under the guidance and review authority of the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation (COSA-OHP). As such, the project also falls under the Texas Antiquities Code and was conducted under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8518. Dr. Paul Shawn Marceaux, former CAR Director, served as the Principal Investigator, with José Zapata serving as the Project Archaeologist. Leonard Kemp served as the Principal Investigator following the departure of Dr. Marceaux. No new sites were located; however, the pedestrian survey did result in the location of two cores, within a meter of each other, deemed an isolated find. The isolated finds were collected and are curated at CAR according to Texas Historical Commission guidelines. All project documentation, including photographs and field forms, are also curated at the CAR facilities in accession file number 2108. All 27 shovel tests were negative. CAR recommends that the construction of the French Creek Greenway extension from Nani Falcone Park to Ebert Road proceed as it will not impact any previous or new archaeological sites or features. However, in the event that construction reveals archaeological deposits, work should cease and the City Archaeologist with the COSA-OHP and representatives of the THC should be notified.