Archaeological investigations at the San Pedro Acequia, San Antonio, Texas




Frkuska, Augustine J.

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


In November 1979, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), carried out archaeological investigations of property located south of the old U.S. Arsenal in downtown San Antonio. This work was conducted under contract with the Construction Management Division of the General Services Administration (GSA), order number 14866382, dated October 18, 1979. Earlier Phase I investigations of this GSA property were carried out in June 1979 (Valdez and Eaton 1979) in order to determine whether or not the Spanish Colonial San Pedro Acequia ran through the property. Two portions of the acequia were uncovered by these investigations. As a result of these tests, additional study was recommended. The current work, Phase II of the investigations, was initiated in order to more precisely document the routing of the acequia prior to future development of the property by the GSA. The Phase II field work was done by Augustine Frkuska, Jr., with assistance of Waynne Cox and Harvey Smith, Jr. Dr. Thomas R. Hester, Center Director, and Jack D. Eaton, Associate Director, provided overall supervision of the project. In addition to the field work, extensive literature research was done for the study area. This research is by no means exhaustive, although enough information was collected to document and form interpretations of the archaeological work in Phases I and II. A study of the San Pedro Acequia has presented a clearer picture of what once was an integral part of the history of San Antonio.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, San Antonio, San Pedro Acequia