Archaeological testing and monitoring of a service drive at Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio, Texas




Cargill, Diane A.
Robinson, Rick C.

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


Archaeological testing for the installation of a new service drive and monitoring the removal of the existing service drive at Mission San Juan Capistrano was conducted in November, 1997 and October, 1999 respectively, by the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for the National Park Service (NPS). The results of the testing and monitoring indicated that no intact Colonial midden deposits were observed, and few Colonial artifacts were recovered within the proposed service drive right-of-way. Three post-Colonial trash deposits were documented within the project area; however, due to the disturbed nature of these deposits which contain stratigraphically mixed nineteenth and twentieth century materials the research potential of such deposits is considered minimal and it is recommended that no further archaeological investigations are required prior to the construction of the service drive. Also included as an Appendix to this report is a brief analysis of an isolated burial discovered during a monitor-ing project at Mission San Juan in 1999. These remains have since been reinterred by NPS.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, excavations, San Antonio, Bexar County, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Spanish missions