Texas Historical Commission
In April 2018, personnel from Prewitt and Associates, Inc., conducted an intensive archeological survey of 120 acres of land associated with the proposed Classen-Steubing Park and conservation easement in north-central San Antonio, Texas, under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8404. The park location is north of Loop 1604 and just west of U.S. Highway 281. The full park development will cover about 204 acres. The western 84 acres of this were included in lands surveyed in 2017 for the Classen-Steubing Master Development Project, leaving 120 acres to be covered by this survey.
The field investigations identified three prehistoric Native American archeological sites (41BX2233, 41BX2234, and 41BX2235) and revisited three previously recorded sites (41BX449, 41BX2096, and 41BX2102). All are surface scatters of lithic artifacts of unknown age, likely resulting from the procurement of lithic resources cropping out at the surface. The field investigations indicated the these sites have been impacted by multiple disturbances that include erosion, dam and road construction, and activities associated with a nearby quarry. None has the capacity to contain important archeological information, and all six are considered ineligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion D and designation as State Antiquities Landmarks. Prewitt and Associates, Inc., recommends that these sites do not warrant additional archeological investigations.
The survey did not recover artifacts from the sites identified or revisited. Notes on the artifacts observed on the surface and found in shovel tests were recorded in the field. As such, this project does not require artifact curation. Project records and photographs currently housed at the offices of Prewitt and Associates, Inc., will be transferred to the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas, Austin.
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