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Archaeology in San Antonio: An Auspicious Paradigm for the Protection of Cultural Resources

Author(s): Matthew T. Elverson

Year: 2016

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The City of San Antonio’s Unified Development Code (UDC) contains some of the strongest preservation ordinances in the country for the protection of archaeological resources. In accordance with the UDC, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) conducts an archaeological review of new development in the city, specifically within one of the city’s 27 local historic districts, locally designated landmark properties, public property, within the river improvement overlay district. Private development city-wide, including all new plats, master development plans, and planned unit developments are also reviewed. If a project likely contains archaeological resources, the city ordinance allows for the OHP to require an archaeological investigation of a property. The UDC’s dictate for archaeology reviews provides a successful model for the incorporation of archaeology as a valued agency in the development process, and for the preservation and protection of San Antonio’s diverse cultural heritage. 

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Archaeology in San Antonio: An Auspicious Paradigm for the Protection of Cultural Resources. Matthew T. Elverson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434771)


Archaeology Law Urban

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 739

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America