Investigating Spanish Colonial Features Using GPR in Urban Settings


Archaeologists at Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. (RKEI) have been utilizing 3-D ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys to rediscover Spanish Colonial features such as acequias and foundations in San Antonio, Texas.  Many Spanish Colonial sites in San Antonio are located in urban settings and are often covered by roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Use of 3-D GPR, archival research, and, in some cases, subsurface testing, has allowed us to determine under what

geomorphological and burial conditions the GPR yields reliable results. 

This paper reviews recent RKEI projects involving GPR surveys, highlighting the

processes, project obstacles, and final results.

Cite this Record

Investigating Spanish Colonial Features Using GPR in Urban Settings. Kristi M Nichols, Clint Laffere, Richard A. Sample. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435233)


Temporal Keywords
Spanish colonial

Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 292