Biography

Headshot of Kristi Nichols on the Alamo grounds.

Kristi Miller Nichols is the Alamo's Director of Archaeology, Collections and Historical Research. She joined the Alamo in 2018, bringing 20 years of archaeological and archival research experience. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kristi has worked on over 120 archaeological projects in the State of Texas with a focus on the Spanish Colonial Missions of the San Antonio River Basin. As a trusted and widely-published expert in this field, she has provided archaeology services for the National Parks Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, and the City of San Antonio. While her specialty is Spanish Colonial archaeology, Kristi has worked on projects dating from pre-history to the present day, and has authored over 80 professional publications. Kristi is a natural collaborator, teacher, and team builder. In 2006, she taught the UTSA Alamo archaeological field school. At the Alamo, Kristi not only provides hugely valuable archaeological expertise, but also leads the Collections and Historical Research team.

Experience

Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc., (2014-2018): Kristi worked alongside the Cultural Resources Director to develop a cultural resource management program, attracting new clients as well as performing and overseeing varied archaeological investigations throughout the State of Texas. 

  • Project Manager: Kristi managed concurrent archaeological projects for varied clients, ensuring project deliverables and deadlines were met, archaeological components of multi-million-dollar projects stayed within budget, and met critical path requirements.
  • Principle Investigator: Kristi developed research designs and project scope of works submitted to the Texas Historical Commission. She was awarded Texas Antiquities Code permits and oversaw and maintained responsibility for these archaeological investigations, ensuring regulatory compliance, professional, technical, and ethical standards. 
  • Project Archaeologist: Kristi managed the daily operation of field projects, oversaw laboratory processing and analysis of artifacts, conducted archival research, and produced technical reports.

University of Texas at San Antonio-Center for Archaeological Research, (1998-2014): Kristi's roles included Principal Investigator, Project Archaeologist, Assistant to Lab Director, Laboratory Technician, and Archaeology Field Technician. Notable accomplishments included the rehabilitation of collections from previous archaeological investigations, bringing them up to current curation standards, as well as participating and leading archaeological investigations at all five of the Spanish Missions in San Antonio.  Much of the work required intensive background research concerning sites, leading to the development of archival research skills.

Selected Publications

As lead author:

Kristi M. Nichols, Mark P. Luzmoor, and Ashley E. Jones, (2017), Uncovering and Documenting the Acequia de Valero on the Grounds of the Planned Civic Park at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion Project, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, Volumes I and II. TAC #7813. Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. 

Kristi M. Nichols and Steve A. Tomka, (2015), Archaeological Investigations at 41BX1968, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  ASF 14-133-00. Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. Prepared for the San Antonio River Authority. 

Kristi M. Nichols, Cynthia M. Munoz, Lynn K. Wack, Lori B. Love, Steve A. Tomka, Mark P. Luzmoor, and Raymond P. Mauldin, (2014), Archaeological Investigations Associated with Mission San Juan (41BX5) Church Underpinning, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Archaeological Report, No. 429.

Kristi M. Nichols, (2014), Archaeological Investigations at the Christopher Columbus Italian Society Property and Columbus Park: 41BX1968, the Possible First Site of Mission San Antonio de Valero.  Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Archaeological Report, No. 432. 

Kristi M. Ulrich, (2012), Intensive Survey and Testing Associated with the Rediscovery of the Acequia Madre (41BX8) and Alamo Dam, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Archaeological Report, No.417.

Kristi M. Ulrich, Jennifer L. Thompson, Kay Hindes, Bruce K. Moses, Jon J. Dowling, Lynn K. Wack, and Barbara A. Meissner, (2010), Testing and Data Recovery at the Perez Ranch (41BX274).  Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Archaeological Report, No.404.

Kristi M. Ulrich and Jennifer L. Thompson, (2009), Results of the Cultural Resources Inventory of Goliad State Park and Historic Site, Goliad County, Texas. Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Archaeological Report, No.406.

Ulrich, Kristi M., Antonio L. Figueroa, Jennifer L. Thompson, Anne A. Fox, Johanna M. Hunziker, Steve A. Tomka, and Cynthia M. Munoz, (2005), Archeological Investigations at Mission Espiritu Santo (41GD1), Goliad County, Texas.  Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Archaeological Survey Report, No. 356.

As co-author:

Nesta J. Anderson, PhD; Kristi Miller Nichols, MA; Steve Tomka PhD, Clinton McKenzie, MS, Alamea N. Young, BA, Melanie Nichols, MSc, Mary Jo Galindo, PhD, P. Shawn Marceaux, PhD, Jose Zapata, MA, Jason Perez, BA, and Sarah Wigley, BA, (2018), Archaeological Testing of Site 41BX6 The Alamo, City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Antiquities Permit # 7692. Pape Dawson 

Anne A. Fox and Kristi M. Ulrich, (2009), A Guide to Ceramics from Spanish Colonial Sites in Texas.  A collaboration with Anne Fox. Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Special Report No. 33.

Professional Memberships

Society for American Archaeology 
Society of Historical Archaeology 
Register of Professional Archaeologists 
Council of Texas Archaeologists 
Texas Archeological Society 
Project Management Professional