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This 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 area.

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 that day.

Scroll down and view a few photos taken during the archeological dig.

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Archeological Dig: October 10 - 12, 2003
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