Stone tools from one of the oldest hunter-gatherer groups to have lived in this area were unearthed near downtown, archaeologists say.
A backhoe working near Brackenridge Park accidentally unearthed an arrowhead near the headwaters of the San Antonio River several months ago. Since then, archaeologists from the University of Texas-San Antonio have found a 5,700-year-old dart point, a 5,500-year-old scraping tool and a spearhead that could go back 2,200 years.
"It's a very rich place to live at the headwaters of the San Antonio River," said archaeologist Jon Dowling. "These people were smart. They knew a Garden of Eden when they saw one."
The finds are not, however, the oldest in the San Antonio area. Artifacts believed to be 8,000- to 11,000-years-old have been unearthed in northern San Antonio.