Additional Phase II Testing at 41BX323 in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas




Figueroa, Antonia L.
Dowling, Jon J.

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


The Center for Archaeological Research at The University of Texas at San Antonio (CAR-UTSA) conducted eligibility testing on the southeast portion of 41BX323, Bexar County, Texas from September 6 to September 14, 2007. CAR was contracted by Lake/Flato Architects to conduct eligibility testing on a previously uninvestigated portion of site 41BX323. Lake/Flato Architects have been contracted by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department for the construction of a proposed parking garage facility. The proposed improvements will be impacting the southeastern portions of State Archaeological Landmark (SAL) site 41BX323. The primary goal of the excavations was to determine if the proposed impacts would adversely affect deposits that contribute to the site's SAL eligibility. A second goal was to better define the southern boundary of the site. Testing by CAR concluded that the site boundaries need to be extended further south than previously recorded. CAR concludes that the cultural material recovered during excavations likely represents a Late Prehistoric to Archaic occupation of the site. CAR identified no significant data, within the tested portion of the site that would contribute to the understanding of prehistoric Texas. No intact features were identified although small pieces of fire-cracked rock was quite common on site. Following the review of the draft final report, the THC reviewer, Mark Denton, requested that the City Parks and Recreation Department coordinate with the THC regarding the movement of the maintenance facility found within the boundaries of the project area. In addition, the THC requested that Lake/Flato Architects coordinate with the THC regarding the relocation of the mini-rail road from within the footprint of the planned parking facility. Since the new location will fall within the limits of site 41BX323, it is paramount that no subsurface disturbances occur during the reinstallation of the tracts. All materials recovered during the investigations and all project related documents are curated at the Center for Archaeological Research. CAR recommends that the tested portion of the site does not contribute to the site's SAL eligibility.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, archaeological surveying, Bexar County, San Antonio, Brackenridge Park