Archaeological survey of the proposed Lorence Creek greenbelt, City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas




Weston, Jason D.

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


Under contract with Rehler Vaughn & Koone, Inc. of San Antonio, archaeologists from the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of The University of Texas at San Antonio conducted an archaeological survey of the proposed hike-and-bike trail along the Lorence Creek Greenbelt in San Antonio, Texas. The fieldwork was completed on April 1–2, 2003, under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 3085. Steve A. Tomka, Director of CAR, served as Principal Investigator. The goal of the survey was to determine the presence or absence of significant cultural materials in the area that maybe impacted by the development of a proposed hike-and-bike trail within the greenbelt. The project area extends from Virgil T. Blossom Park 1.45 miles (2.33 km) along Lorence Creek downstream to within 750 feet of Jones Maltsberger Road. Archaeological investigations involved a 100% pedestrian survey and shovel testing within the project area. The results of the survey indicate that the majority of the area along the footprint of the proposed hike-and-bike trail is disturbed by both natural and anthropogenic agencies. The survey efforts identified and documented one site—41BX1581. The site contains a low density of cultural materials and no features. It is suggested that the site has minimal research potential. Therefore, even though the proposed trail runs along the edge of the site, it is suggested that the minimal construction activities associated with the trail be allowed to proceed as planned. All field documentation and all artifacts collected are permanently curated at CAR.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, archaeological surveying, Bexar County, San Antonio, pedestrian survey, shovel testing