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Newly Excavated Artifacts Help Tell San Antonio's History

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. 

Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting.