Archive for August, 2015

Not rained out…yet!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

We were worried that we might be rained out from the hurricane. Fortunately it dissipated and we were spared, though there was lots of rain over the weekend and more in the forecast.

A quick update on excavations in the convento unit. Our excavations in this area are focused on the interior of a room identified in 2014. We knew we would have tabby foundations on the southern and western sides of this unit, but we were surprised to find a tabby/mortar wall foundation.

Early stages of excavations of the convento unit. Tabby foundations on the bottom and right, and a newly discovered tabby/mortar linear feature on the left.

Early stages of excavations of the convento unit. Tabby foundations on the bottom and right, and a newly discovered tabby/mortar linear feature on the left.

This unexpected find is quite interesting and makes the room much smaller than we anticipated. Excavations continued in the interior of the room only to reveal another unexpected feature.

Nearing sterile soil in the interior of the convento unit. An unexpected find is the possible sleeper trench in the upper corner.

Nearing sterile soil in the interior of the convento unit. An unexpected find is the possible sleeper trench in the upper corner.

It’s hard to make out in the photo but in the top right corner you can see another linear feature, this one a possible sleeper trench from an earlier structure. Hopefully our continued excavations will reveal more information on this unique and exciting structure in St. Augustine and our earliest and longest lasting Spanish mission.

Anf just to to keep you interested:

Some of our recent finds from the convento excavations.

Some of our recent finds from the convento excavations.

Check back for future updates!

Excavations have begun!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Excavations are now underway!

The grid has been reestablished and our excavation units have been set in. We will be investigating the possible friars residence in the convento are as well as getting a look at the interior of the church.

Removing the topsoil and overburden.

Removing the topsoil and overburden.

Removing the topsoil and overburden.

Removing the topsoil and overburden.

The excavation unit seen below will give us a look, at the interior of the church. Previous excavations discovered a central wall bisecting the church. The wall was put in some time after the initial construction of the church. This unit will give us a look at both sides of the wall and the activities that we’re going on inside the church.

Excavation unit in the church area. The areas of light colored sand are where excavations took place in 2014.

Excavation unit in the church area. The areas of light colored sand are where excavations took place in 2014.

And just as a teaser for what’s to come, some of the artifacts we recovered today from the convento!

Artifacts recovered on Day 2 from the convento excavation area.

Artifacts recovered on Day 2 from the convento excavation area.

Public Archaeology at Nombre de Dios

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

In conjunction with the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Historical Archaeology program will resume excavations at Mission Nombre de Dios. Excavations will run August 24-September 11, and we will be investigating the remains of the coquina church ordered built in 1677 and the attached convento.

Check back for periodic updates, information, and news and images of exciting finds!

Images from previous years excavations:

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