In October 1990, pursuant to a contract with the National Park Service, the Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, initiated test investigations in the southeast interior corner of the Mission Espada compound. The study focused on examining structural foundations and determining the depth of Mexican and Spanish colonial ground surfaces in the area.
Colonial period foundations were discovered under the south wall, as well as the probable original construction period surface and footing trench. 'IWentieth-century foundations were found in the unit excavated under the east wall. These likely continue south to the north wall of the room where the bastion is located.
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