Texas Historical Commission


In October 2014 and February 2015, the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) conducted archaeological monitoring of the construction associated with Main Street, next to the Bexar County Courthouse, Bexar County, Texas. The archaeological investigations and construction monitoring were conducted under Texas Antiquities Committee Permit No. 7065 with Dr. Paul Shawn Marceaux serving as the Principal Investigator and Antonia Figueroa as the Project Archaeologist.

The goal of archaeological monitoring was to identify any historical properties or features that might be present in the project area. To achieve this goal, a CAR staff member monitored construction crews while they excavated the old road and soil beneath it. In Section 1, the southern portion of Main Street, no features were uncovered, and CAR staff observed only a few artifacts. In Section 2, the northern portion, 14 features were documented, including one brick lined privy. These features were left intact and were incorporated into site 41BX1753, a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL), that was previously recorded by Post, Buckley, Schuh, and Jernigan, Inc. (Hanson 2009). CAR recommends further investigations if Main Street is disturbed in the future, as intact deposits are present. All collected artifacts and project associated documentation are permanently curated at the CAR facility.

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