Watch Live Archaeological Investigations at the Alamo

July 16, 2019

Alamo visitors now have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch archaeologists unearth history in and around the iconic Alamo Church and the Long Barrack, the oldest building in Texas.

Dug out area on an excavation site surrounded by tools
An example of a previous archaeological investigation in the Long Barrack.

Starting Wednesday, archaeologists from Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. will begin digging inside and outside the Alamo Church and the historic walls of the Long Barrack, with efforts on the Alamo Church starting by mid-August. Visitors can experience these dig sites in real-time at separate stations within the project footprint.

These archaeological investigations will continue for 90 days, presenting visitors this summer and early fall with a special opportunity to experience the thrill of a live dig-site. As always, the Alamo will remain open to the public, with no admission fees, for the duration of this project.

These archaeological investigations will happen in phases, shifting locations along the interior and exterior walls of the structures. Units will be excavated to the bottom of the structures’ footers, which could be up to six feet deep. For the first time ever, this will give experts the full picture of what the bases of these buildings look like.

Archaeologist conducting an investigation
An image from the 2016 archaeological investigation in Alamo Plaza.

Installation of security bollards continues within the fenced areas across Alamo Plaza. This week, a team of archaeologists from UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) will commence shovel testing, extracting ground from the site for a general understanding of what to expect as digging begins in that area.

Alamo preservation is a long-term project, and we encourage you to follow our preservation efforts at Official Alamo on social media for updates.

For any questions on this project, please contact the Texas General Land Office at 1–800–998–4456.