Cultural Resources Monitoring for Brackenridge Park River Wall Replacement Project, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas




Smith, Stephen

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Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio


From January through May 2016, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) conducted archaeological monitoring of removal and repair of 30.5 m (100 ft.) of the historic river wall along a section of the San Antonio River within Brackenridge Park. The wall is a contributing resource to Brackenridge Park’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and its designation as a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL). The CAR’s archaeological monitoring was done under contract with Adams Environmental, Inc. Project Archaeologist Stephen Smith monitored contractor’s excavations at the site. Paul Shawn Marceaux served as Principal Investigator. The CAR did not identify any archaeological material during the course of the construction monitoring, and no more ground-disturbances are planned. Based on the findings, CAR recommends to the project sponsor and Archeology Division of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) no further archaeological monitoring or investigation of the project area is necessary at this time. Though no further work is recommended at this time, it is known that Brackenridge Park contains important archaeological resources; therefore, archaeological monitoring and/or investigation should precede any future ground-disturbing activities in the area.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, San Antonio History, Texas History, Archaeological surveying--Texas--Bexar County, Bexar County (Tex.)--Antiquities, Brackenridge Park (San Antonio, Tex.)--Antiquities, San Antonio River (Tex.)--History