Historical Archaeology

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Public archaeology

Roman Catholic Church dignitaries gather as Waters, far right, discusses a newly discovered artifact. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace Florida Museum archaeologists excavate state’s oldest stone mission church during St. Augustine 450th celebr...
Charles Cobb displays a pottery sherd

The search for Chicaza

A lost tribal village connects present, past University of Florida anthropology student Kristen Hall digs during the summer 2015 excavation of a Chickasaw arc...
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Early Columbus settlement was desperate to find metals

A new study provides evidence that the last inhabitants of Christopher Columbus’ first settlement desperately tried to extract silver from lead ore, originally brought from Spain for other uses, just before abandoning the failed mining operation in 1...
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Old Spanish mission found near Gainesville

Rewind 300 years and imagine you are a Spanish colonist in Florida fleeing for your life to the protection of St. Augustine's fortified walls. Or maybe you are ...