Archaeological Report, No. 426; Texas Antiquities Permit No. 6364

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2013-02-13

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Blomquist, Justin

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

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In June 2012, the Northeast Independent School District (NEISD) contracted with the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to carry out collections of surface-exposed artifacts from within the boundaries of sites located along the boundary fence easement of Bulverde Ranch Middle School No. 14. On October 15 and 16, 2012, and again on February 11, 2013, staff of the CAR visited the campus to inspect the fence-easement along the eastern and northern property boundaries and collect surface-exposed artifacts. The vegetation clearance along the easement resulted in increased visibility of the archaeological materials belonging to previously documented sites present along the fence-line. Such increased surface visibility could potentially encourage public collecting. The surface collections were carried out on behalf of the. Because the NEISD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, the project fell under the jurisdiction of the Antiquities Code of Texas. The survey was conducted under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 6364 issued to Dr. Steve Tomka, CAR Director, who served as the Principal Investigator. Justin Blomquist served as Project Archaeologist. Surface collections were carried out within the boundaries of sites 41BX1864 and 41BX1865 to reduce the visibility of the sites along the cleared fence easement. No surface exposed cultural materials were noted within the fence easement in the boundaries of 41BX1866. The collection efforts yielded one untypeable projectile point fragment, early-, middle- and later-stage biface fragments, and unmodified lithic debitage. These artifacts support the original impression that the bulk of the activities carried out at the two sites may have been associated with short-term resource procurement and tool manufacture. All artifacts collected by the CAR, along with documentation generated by the project, including notes, and photographs were prepared for curation according to Texas Historical Commission guidelines and are permanently housed at the CAR curation facility. Upon request, they are available for temporary loans to the NEISD.

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archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, archaeological surveying, excavations, Bexar County, San Antonio, Bulverde Ranch Middle School

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