Intensive pedestrian survey of selected areas within McAllister Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas




Figueroa, Antonia L.
Thompson, Joseph M.

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


Between September 19 and 22, 2005 the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of The University of Texas at San Antonio conducted a 100 percent intensive pedestrian survey within McAllister Park for the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Antonio. The survey was followed by an interview with Mr. Marvin Klar, a long-time resident of San Antonio and former owner of much of the land that is now part of McAllister Park. The Parks and Recreation Department is planning a series of improvements to existing facilities and the construction of new facilities within the boundaries of McAllister Park. Eleven separate areas will be impacted by these construction activities. The goals of the pedestrian survey conducted by CAR were to identify and document all prehistoric and/or historic archaeological sites that may be impacted by the proposed improvements. Eight of the eleven areas were subject to the pedestrian survey. Artifacts constituting isolated finds were not collected unless they were temporally diagnostic. Archaeological investigations of the project area resulted in the location of two isolated finds in Areas 1 and 8 and the inspection of the northern boundary of site 41BX959, present in the southern portion of Area 9. Additional work is not recommended in association with the proposed improvements that are planned within McAllister Park. The deposits of site 41BX959 have been disturbed by earth moving activities, and therefore have little to no research potential. The portion of the site located in Area 9 is not recommended for listing to the National Register of Historic Places or for designation as a State Archaeological Landmark.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, San Antonio, Bexar County, McAllister Park, archaeological surveying, excavations, oral history interview