The construction enabling work for the Mission Gate and Lunette Archaeology Project started on Monday, November 28th. The enabling work includes the installation of fencing around the project area and the removal of a modern landscaping planter and sidewalk. Clark-Guido is overseeing the construction crew and Alamo Trust, Inc. and Raba Kistner archaeologists are monitoring this work.
Fencing fully encloses the project area but remains without a windscreen covering to allow for visitors to watch the work from outside the fence (Figures 1 and 2). After the fencing was installed, the crew began to remove the old planter wall, a portion of the sidewalk, and modern soils. The machine excavation of modern soils is approximately 3 feet deep. The soils in the planter consisted of approximately 1.5 feet of loamy topsoil and approximately 1.5 feet of silty clay fill soils. Below the sidewalk there was a compacted construction base layer and sand. The demo work is ongoing and is expected to go through Monday, December 5.