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Hurricane Matthew leads to early Spanish burials in St. Augustine

Shops on St George St, St Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida, is known as the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the western hemisphere. Recent flooding from Hurricane Matthew as it passed by the coast of Florida led to a chance for the city archaeologist of St. Augustine to make an exciting discovery. A shop owner, whose store had flooded, wanted to replace the floor, but provided the city archaeologist to excavate before the new floor was installed. The discovery of human remains has led researchers to suggest this was the site of the "oldest parish church in the United States." (Photo courtesy of Faux Paws, a shop on St George Street, but not the site of the burials)


Skeletons may be first colonists in St. Augustine

By First Coast News

February 6, 2017

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