Archaeological testing for the Mission Road realignment project, Phase II, at Mission Concepción, San Antonio, Texas




Brown, Maureen J.
Fox, Anne A.
Meissner, Barbara A.

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


In July 1988, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) contracted with the city of San Antonio to perform archaeological testing for the Mission Road Realignment Project. This project was designated as Phase II since CAR performed previous archaeological testing during February 1987 (Labadie 1989). The Mission Road Realignment Project, Phase II proposed to relocate the position of Mission Road outside the line of the original west wall of Mission Concepcion. The testing sought to determine whether any structural remains or cultural deposits that may have been located outside the mission wall would be impacted by the proposed roadway. Archaeological testing with hand-excavated units and backhoe trenches established the location of the west wall of the mission quadrangle and a portion of an interior structure wall foundation with an associated hearth and cultural midden. The northwest corner of the mission is believed to be located under the current Mission Road. Mission-period pottery, metals tools, projectile points, and animal bone were recovered from the excavations.



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