Heritage, Volume 12, Number 2, Spring 1994 Page: 12
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A team of dedicated professional and avocational archaeologists
recover evidence that could be the remains of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba.
Story and photographs by Grant D. Hall, Ph.D.
O n a hot Labor Day weekend last
year, Kay Hindes, Mark Wolf, Kim Wolf,
and I found ourselves along the San Saba
River east of Menard. We had gathered to
check out the second of several promising
ground patterns that Mark had detected in
aerial photographs he had taken in the
spring. It was our hope that one of the
anomalies visible in the photographs would
turn out to be Santa Cruz de San Saba, the
"Missing Mission". Mark, an architect in
San Antonio, had a personal reason for
wanting to find this mission: He is a descendant
of Juan Leal, a survivor and hero
of the 1758 Indian attack that resulted in
the deaths of eight Spaniards and destruction
of the mission.
Kay Hindes, historian, had first introduced
me to Mark in 1989 while Kay and I
were working for Texas A&M Archaeological
Research Laboratory on the
Applewhite Project, involving a rich assortment
of prehistoric and historic sites
that would be affected by a reservoir planned
for the Medina River just south of San
Antonio. Kay had done the original historical
background research for the Applewhite
area and is co-author of a report entitled
"Chipped Stone and Adobe", an account of
the archaeological and historical finds made
there. Kay asked me if I'd give Mark some
archaeological advice on how to document
the Hernandez Cemetery, which contains
the graves of some of Mark's Hispanic ancestors.
I met Mark and Kim Wolf for the
first time at this cemetery.
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