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Artifact Collecting on your Texas Property

Recently, Linda Vieweg, REALTOR® and Gabe McCarty, REALTOR® procured a listing on 3977 Wilderness Rim in San Antonio’s 78261 zip code. This gorgeous and rare, a true one-story home was custom build for an engineer and home designer. At the time they were not able to find the type of home they desired on a level lot. So began the construction of this home surrounded by panoramic views of the city.

Nestled into the Xeriscaped backyard is a sitting area that overlooks the pool and spa. Certainly, the family enjoyed the memories built in this home set on 1.3 acres. Shaded by numerous oak trees the land reveals artifacts of the Native Americans who once lived in the area.

This raised the question what should I do if I find an artifact?

Referencing the Texas Historical Commission Archeology Division, we weighted that simple question. Artifacts such as pottery fragments, arrowheads or remnants of early homesteads represent a source of knowledge. For thousands of years, prehistoric groups and Native American tribes lived on the land we now call Texas. A nomadic buffalo-hunting people, called the Tonkawan roamed from somewhere around Hillsboro, Texas to the vicinity of present-day San Antonio*. Written documents record only the past 500 years, so information such as what we know about the Tonkawan is pieced together through the study of artifacts and other cultural remains.

The first thing is to verify who owns the land upon which artifacts rest. Land ownership dictates whether surface collecting of artifacts may legally take place. The presence of an archeological site(s) does not restrict the property rights of the landowner••. In fact, these sites and their contents belong to property owners to manage as they choose. Many artifacts collectors can and have worked legally on private property if they are granted permission from the owner.

The most common misconception, according to the Texas Historical Commission, is that collecting from or otherwise damaging any archaeological site on private property is illegal. No laws protecting ALL archeological site on privately owned property presently exist in Texas. The majority of Texas land is in private ownership, therefore most cultural resources are located on private property. These sites then remain under the stewardship of individual landowners.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to uncovering or collecting artifacts, however, it certainly asks an important question about owning land in Texas. Especially, land that has the potential to be culturally rich in undiscovered historical treasures.

If you would like to share an interesting story about your home, email us at PR@CBHarper.com.

 


*http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/adp/history/mission_period/valero/indian/tonkawa.html

**http://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/archeology-artifact-collecting-tx.pdf

City Year Gala with Bizzy Darling & Linda Vieweg

13256003_581754361997659_366948558262595474_nEvery year, students in San Antonio drop out of high school. The consequences are real: students who drop out are eight times more likely to become incarcerated and three times more likely to be unemployed. When a student drops out of school it has a lasting effect on our communities. City Year is a San Antonio organization led by a group of dedicated and inspiring professionals who are committed to ensuring that they make a significant impact in helping students who are at risk stay on track to graduate on time.

Linda Vieweg, Bizzy Darling and her husband Steve Darling believe City Year transforms students lives. Not only are public school students receiving benefits through tutoring but also City Year team members work with them and spend a year of their lives making a difference! Steve Darling serves on the Rotary Club of SA Board of Directors along with Linda Vieweg of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North Central/Stone Oak Sales Office.

Guests of this year’s luncheon Bizzy Darling and Linda Vieweg are proud to contribute to such a wonderful cause. Next year they plan of becoming sponsors rather than guests but in the meantime they will continue to work in the community giving back. Stay tuned they are hoping to provide updates when attending another luncheon in October 2016!

Thank you to Bizzy and Linda for sharing this story!

Want to know how to get involved (Or looking to buy or sell you next home?) Contact these hardworking ladies via their contact information below:

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Bizzy Darling, REALTOR®
Boerne Sales Office
1677 River Road, Boerne TX 78006
(830) 816-7247 office
bdarling@cbharper.com

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Linda Vieweg, REALTOR®
North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101, San Antonio TX 78258
(210) 483-7525 office
lvieweg@cbharper.com