Heritage, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1997 Page: 6
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REMEMBERING THE ALAMO
RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK AT THIS SITE AND OTHER HISTORIC SAN ANTONIO LANDMARKS
ANSWERS QUESTIONS AND REVEALS IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE STRUCTURES.
BY I A.JLOX
rchaeologists in San Antonio
work hand-in-hand with architects
and historians to protect and
preserve the city's historic sites and buildings.
San Antonio has had a long and
eventful history. Founded by the Spanish
in 1716, the city has long been a link
between Mexico and the United States.
Numerous sites and buildings have been
preserved through the cooperative efforts
of interested preservationists and citizen
groups. In the past 30 years, architects have
learned that archaeology can be essential
in helping understand how structures were
built and in locating buildings or portions
of buildings that have disappeared from the
visible landscape. A healthy respect has
developed for the peculiar ability of historical
archaeologists to dig not only into the
ground but also into the archives to reconstruct
A surprising variety of historic sites is
present within San Antonio. Remnants of
the Spanish years, the influx of German
settlers in the mid-19th century, and the
Anglo-American presence that gradually
took over by the end of that time are all
visible to the observant San Antonio visitor.
Perhaps the most well-known historic
sites in San Antonio are the five Spanish
missions. Since all have standing structures
still intact, they have proved to be not
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