Archaeologists rarely find delicate objects intact. This glass vial from the Fig Springs Mission site likely held sacramental oils. Only one other complete vial has been found from Spanish mission sites in Florida.
This glass vial is from the Fig Springs site which is believed to be the mission of San Martín de Timucua. It likely held sacramental oils that were used in religious activities at the mission during the 17th century. Only one other complete vial has been found at Spanish mission sites in Florida and three have been found at a single Spanish mission site off the coast of Georgia. It’s very rare that archaeologists find complete vials such as these which makes this a very unique and special artifact in our collections.
Collection Manager, Historical Archaeology
Florida Museum of Natural History
From Columbia Co., Florida
Dates to late 16th–17th century
Spanish Colonial Archaeology