Native American Artifacts – Open Records Findings


Cheatham Monitoring Report Restricted – PDF report received from last question (below) to city for Open Records Request.

From the beginning of the document my jaw dropped. See below:


The City of San Marcos (City) began the installation of a storm water outflow line beneath Cheatham Street in May of 2011 as a component of its Rio Vista Terrace Neighborhood Infrastructure Project. This portion of the project is located on the east bank of the San Marcos River, between Rio Vista Falls Park to the north and Crook’s Park to the south (Figure 1). It was determined during the excavation of the trench for this portion of the storm water outflow line that the City had inadvertently cut into a section of previously recorded archaeological site 41HY261. This site has been previously recommended as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Construction temporarily ceased while the Texas Historical Commission (THC) was consulted concerning the appropriate procedures required for moving forward with the infrastructure project.


Here is some of the e-mail correspondence on projects from Open Records Request.

From: Lisa Marie Coppoletta []
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 2:10 PM
To: Trevino, Elizabeth
Cc: Pettijohn, Jamie
Subject: Re: Open Records – Native American Artifacts – 339


How can I view all the info from those three areas identified in the emails below ? Best! 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 2, 2014, at 12:53 PM, “Trevino, Elizabeth” <> wrote:

Hello Lisa,

Here’s the rest of the information:

The Rio Vista Neighborhood Project encountered Native American artifacts.  Texas State University–San Marcos’ Center for Archaeological Studies collected and curated all artifacts.

Thank you,

Liz Trevino

From: Trevino, Elizabeth
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 1:55 PM
To: ‘Lisa Marie Coppoletta’
Subject: RE: Open Records – Native American Artifacts – 339

Good Afternoon Lisa,


We do have measures in place to require applicants to notify us of the existence of karst features/caves during construction operations associated with building, site & public infrastructure projects. These features are addressed thru requirements set up by TCEQ and our staff also checks on protection measures.


The following projects have had archeological reports prepared for compliance with the Texas Historical Commission:

1)      Sessom Creek Wastewater Improvement Phase I and II

2)      Loop 82 (Aquarena Springs) / UPRR Overpass Improvements

No significant findings that required further mitigation other than construction monitoring were encountered

The City doesn’t have any requirement for notification of artifacts found on project sites.

This is what I have received so far.

Thank you,

Liz Trevino


From: Lisa Marie Coppoletta []
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 8:07 AM
To: Open Records Request
Subject: Open Records – Native American Artifacts


This is an open records request if there have been


(1) any human remains or Native American artifacts reported found during any of the road construction projects over the period of 2012 – 2014.


(2) any human remains or Native American artifacts reported found during any housing or multi family development projects over the period of 2012 – 2014.


Thank you.

LM Coppoletta