Alamo Arbor Construction and Electrical Conduit Installation Monitoring, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
In late December of 2013 and early January of 2014, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) contracted with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to monitor the excavation of trenches for the installation of electrical conduit and post holes associated with the Arbor expansion located at Mission San Antonio de Valero/Alamo (41BX6) in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The work conducted was located on the grounds closest to the intersection of Bonham and Houston Streets. Given the location on the grounds of the Alamo, the grounds have the potential to produce significant cultural deposits. During the course of the project, no significant or diagnostic artifacts were encountered. The excavations encountered disturbed soils that were related to the previous installation of utilities. As a result, CAR recommended no additional work was necessary within the current project area and allowed the installation to occur as planned.