Excavations at Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, Texas




Hard, Robert J.
Fox, Anne A.
Cox, I. Waynne
Gross, Kevin J.
Meissner, Barbara A.
Mendez, Guillermo I.
Tennis, Cynthia L.
Zapata, José E.

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


This report details an archaeological study of Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo conducted during the spring and summer of 1993. The study was undertaken by the Center for Archaeological Research of The University of Texas at San Antonio, in accordance with a contract between the National Park Service (owner) and Cox/Croslin and Associates (sponsor). The principal research objective focused on determining the extent of impact the planned visitors' center construction and improvements would have on the mission's Spanish colonial features. Backhoe trenching, shovel testing, and unit excavations were used in the areas to be impacted by the visitors' center. Additionally, shovel testing was conducted on a 50-ft grid within the mission compound to obtain information for future correction of drainage problems. Analyses of ceramics, faunal remains, stratigraphy, and artifact distribution allow inferences concerning diet, temporal contexts, and recognition of intact Colonial deposits. Recommendations are made concerning present and future construction.



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