year's archeological dig took place on October 10
- 12, 2003. Archeologist and interested individuals
from around Texas attended and worked during the three
day dig. As always, archeologist from the Texas Historical
Commission oversaw the dig.
An area outside the west wall of the Presidio Chapel
was known to have some houses from the time of the
Spanish and Mexican occupation of the fort. Early
documents indicated that a kiln may have been in the
The location of the dig was
mapped in, and dig areas were further located by placing
stakes and string. Scrapping tools were used, as to
not damage any artifacts that might be found. Then,
the slow process of removing soil began.
The soil removed was placed on small and large screen
sieves. Then the soil was carefully rubbed through
the sieves. Thus, revealing artifacts. Artifacts found
included, pottery, pieces of animal bones, buttons,
and numerous other items.
Heavy rains hit on Saturday, but fortunately, tents
and darkening skies didn't deter the dig. Afterwards,
a fine dinner was provided to all those who worked
Scroll down and view a few photos taken during the
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