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Site yields possible South Texas ranch chapel

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FLORESVILLE, Texas (AP) - A South Texas archaeological site has turned up what experts believe is the foundation of a ranch chapel likely built in the 1700s.

David Nickels of Tierras Antiguas Archaeological Investigations said Monday that he's been working to uncover what likely was part of Rancho Flores along the San Antonio River. The area is between Floresville and San Antonio.

Nickels says family histories from the landowners and Spanish archives helped confirm the colonial site established by cattle rancher Francisco Flores.

Nickels says the property owners, Brian and Melissa Seiler (SY'-ler), are committed to restoring the house and grounds.

Nickels and other volunteers excavated the site in May and June. He says the next step will be analyzing recovered artifacts.

Nickels hopes to recruit more volunteers for excavations next year.

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