Center for Archaeological Research
In the spring and fall of 2005, the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio carried out reconnaissance and intensive pedestrian survey of the Museum “Urban” Reach portion of the San Antonio River Improvements Project in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The excavation of eight backhoe trenches and the stratigraphy of 17 auger boreholes revealed the San Antonio River and adjacent properties have been modified extensively since Spanish Colonial settlement. Due to the extensive modifications, the likelihood of encountering prehistoric and early historic sites along the Museum Reach portion of the San Antonio River is minimal. Pollen analysis of samples taken from the project area did not provide any significant information on the paleoenvironment. The compilation of a standing structure survey and a deed and property research revealed that there are structures along the project area that are significant to local history. Sediment subsamples from selected boreholes examined by the project geomorphologist and all project-related documents and records are permanently curated at the Center for Archaeological Research.
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