Historical archaeology in downtown San Antonio, Texas: An evaluation of properties at the proposed VIA downtown park and ride facility




Bousman, C. Britt
Fox, Anne A.
Gross, Kevin J.
Cox, I. Waynne

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


VIA Metropolitan Transit is proposing to build a Park and Ride Facility near downtown San Antonio ommediately east of Interstate Highway 37 in an area bounded by Crockett, Center, and Walnut streets, and IH 37. Starting in the 1850s this area has been traditionally inhabited primarily by African-Americans. A review of previous archaeological investigations in the downtown area of San Antonio revealed a gap in knowledge concerning African-Americans in San Antonio. Individual lot evaluations indicate intact archaeological materials may survive in certain areas. If these areas are to be impacted then additional archaeological evaluations would be needed to accurately assess the integrity of the archaeological remains.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, African Americans, excavations, registers of births, etc., San Antonio, Bexar County, historical research