Excavations for the Upper Labor Dam Site, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas




Cox, I. Waynne
Johnson, Edgar D.
Bousman, C. Britt

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


Upon notification, in 1995, that a portion of a Spanish Colonial acequia had been exposed in Brackenridge Park, the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Antonio entered into a contract with the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of the University of Texas at San Antonio to investigate and document the structure. In September of 1996, a team from CAR, utilizing a backhoe and operator provided by Parks and Recreation, began a limited investigation of the structure. The structure proved to be the dam for the Upper Labor and displayed two distinct construction periods, Spanish Colonial and post-1860. It was further documented that the structure acted as a diversion device rather than a full empoundment structure.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, excavations, archaeological surveying, Bexar County, San Antonio, Brackenridge Park, Spanish acequia, Spanish colonial period