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Newly Excavated Artifacts Help Tell San Antonio's History

Oct 2, 2015

City of San Antonio's Assistant Archaeologist Matt Elverson (left) looks onto newly excavated artifacts with guests at the Plaza de Armas building.
Credit Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

To kick off Texas Archeology Month, City and State officials have unveiled newly discovered historic artifacts Friday.  The relics come from the site of Presidio de Bexar, and the probable site of the Mission San Antonio De Valero.  It’s the first time either site had been excavated.

The finds include an assortment of ceramics, glass, and wrought metal nails.

City Archaeologist Kay Hindes says although a lot was already known about the sites from archival records, these items help tell a more complete story, and properly date historic events.

“One of the more exciting things of course was that we found, there’s a certain ceramic, called pueblo polychrome, and another called san luis polychrome, that are not found in sites in Texas after 1725," says Hindes. 

Hindes says there is a lot still to discover under San Antonio.  She says it’s important for the city’s residents to care about exploring our history, in order to help us move forward.