Alamo Mission Archaeological Advisory Committee Receives Update on the Progress of the Alamo Plan

November 14, 2019
People looking at artifacts on a table in the Long Barrack
Members of the AMAAC inspecting artifacts inside the Long Barrack.

On Friday, October 25th, Alamo Trust, Inc. welcomed members of the Alamo Mission Archaeological Advisory Committee (AMAAC) to San Antonio, and showed them how their expertise has positively impacted Alamo archaeology.

The AMAAC consists of representatives from federally-recognized Native American tribes, who have offered guidance and insight throughout the archaeological investigations at the Alamo since the committee formed this summer.

AMAAC members were given an update on the Alamo Plan by Alamo CEO Douglass McDonald before going on a tour of the Alamo site. Alamo Conservator Pam Rosser provided an overview of the preservation occurring in the Alamo Church, then Alamo Archaeologist Kristi Nichols took them through the Long Barrack and Church to review the latest archaeological investigations.

People looking at artifacts on a table in Alamo Hall
Alamo Associate Curator of Collections Ernesto Rodriguez showing AMAAC members Alamo artifacts.

Selected by Alamo Trust, Inc. and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for their cultural and archaeological expertise, the committee consists of representatives from the Mescalero Apache Tribe, the Tonkawa Tribe, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, the Caddo Nation, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

After the tour, the AMAAC members met with city officials, archaeologists from Raba Kistner, GLO and Texas Historical Commission (THC) representatives to to discuss their input and perspectives on the Alamo Plan and its impact on the site. They concluded their day by touring historic sites of San Antonio like the Spanish Governor’s Palace, San Fernando Cathedral, and the San Antonio Missions.

“The AMAAC visit was a great opportunity for the archaeologists, the City of San Antonio, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Texas General Land Office to interact, view the ongoing work, and offer unique insight and advice,” Alamo Archaeologist Kristi Nichols said.