Saturday, April 10, 2010

Digging Up Our Spanish Past

I have been silent for several months as the result of a death in the family, but now it is time to start up again and resume our conversation on things Spanish.

Here in St Augustine, the weather has improved and it’s time for us to get back to our search for our past.

In this photo, a member of the St Augustine Archeological Association stands in front of the dig in the Plaza.  Behind him is our monument to the Constitution – the Spanish Constitution of 1812, “La Pepa.”  We have found traces of a large First Spanish Period structure, possibly the government building, in this area.

Next week, we begin digging on Aviles St, originally known as Calle del Hospital because of the military hospital located on the street.  We expect to find traces of the original parish church, Los Remedios, burned by the British in 1702, or at least parts of the burial ground that surrounded it.  More information will follow!IMG00330-20100324-1009