Archaeology at the Alamodome: Investigations of a San Antonio neighborhood in transition, Volume II: Excavations and artifact distribution analysis




Wright, G. Kenneth

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


On March 15, 1990, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) contracted with the city of San Antonio's Multipurpose Domed Stadium Development Advisory Committee and VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority to undertake cultural resource investigations ofa 16-block (65 acre) area in downtown San Antonio, Texas (Figure 1-1). The area was to be razed for construction of the Alamodome and its associated access and parking. From mid-March to early July 1990, and periodically thereafter, intensive archival and historical research on the entire project area was carried out by CAR. Architectural recording and assessment of all standing buildings was done by Andrew Perez and Associates. Thirteen oral history interviews with residents, former residents, and officers and employees of business establishments in the general area were recorded and transcribed by E. L. Fly and Associates. This was the first phase of a multiple-phase project that also included archaeo-logical test excavations during 1991 and 1992. The investigations, carried out under Texas Antiquities Committee permit numbers 900, 932, and 982, were designed to verify or identify the locations of sites and features within the project area and to sample selected sites and features. The artifacts recovered from the investigations were then processed, cataloged, and analyzed. All artifacts, site records, and administrative records are on file at the CAR laboratory on the campus of UTSA.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, Alamodome, San Antonio, excavations, Bexar County