Archaeologists look for original location of Alamo walls for master plan

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 12:31:44-04

SAN ANTONIO - Archaeologists are seeking to preserve and restore The Alamo.  A team started digging to find out where the original south and west walls were before developers can start rebuilding.

Researchers are also hoping to recover lost artifacts.  Historians say in 1836 during the Battle of The Alamo, some walls were damaged, and eventually torn down.

"For the master plan team to really get to get the sense of where the world heritage boundaries exist, and how they are going to develop the site, they really need to know where those walls were when this was a mission and subsequently through the battle period," says lead archaeologist Nesta Anderson.

It's is part of an eight-year master plan to redevelop the landmark.  What we know as The Alamo today, has had its own history of transformation.  It used to be a Spanish Catholic mission back in the 1700s.

This new project is in its early stages, so not much is set in stone.

Director of The Alamo, Becky Dinnin says, "There's no predetermined ideas, there is nothing that's been already planned, or scheduled, for these buildings to be there, or not to be there."