Intensive survey and test excavations at 41BX1576: a World War II German POW camp at Camp Bullis Military Reservation, Bexar County, Texas




Mahoney, Richard B.

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


During November 2003, The Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) at The University of Texas at San Antonio conducted archaeological survey and National Register of Historic Places and State Archeological Landmark eligibility testing of a former World War II German prisoner of war camp (41BX1576) at the United States Army Camp Bullis Military Reservation in Bexar County, Texas. The survey and testing efforts were accompanied by archival research and interviews with a former Camp Bullis German prisoner of war. The field efforts within the 4.66-acre proposed area of development consisted of a 100 percent pedestrian survey, excavation of 30 shovel tests, and excavation of six 1-x-1-m test units. Five hundred seventy-six artifacts were recovered, revealing both prehistoric and historic components. Two hundred thirty-five of these artifacts, comprised primarily of wire nails, were discarded pursuant to Chapter 26.27(g)(2) of the Texas Administrative Code. The balance of the cultural material (341 artifacts) is permanently housed at the CAR curatorial facility. No significant cultural deposits or features were encountered during excavation. Although foundations of camp support facilities still exist, given the lack of undisturbed fatures and the mixed nature of the historic and prehistoric components, CAR recommends that this site be considered ineligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or for listing as a State Archeological Landmark. It is further recommended that the proposed development be allowed to proceed without additional cultural resources investigations.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, World War II, prisoners of war, Bexar County, San Antonio, excavations, archaeological surveying, Camp Bullis, archival research, interviews, pedestrian survey, shovel tests