Colonial-Era Skeletons Found Under St. Augustine Wine Shop

March 8, 2017

In St. Augustine, Florida — archaeologists found the skeletons of seven people, including three children under the floor of a wine shop — and they think the skeletons are some of the earliest colonists in America. 

 

St. Augustine is the oldest European city-settlement, founded by the Spanish in 1565. The city has the designation being the oldest city in the U.S. 

 

The skeletons were found after the owner of the wine shop decided to renovate the building after it was damaged by Hurricane Matthew last October. 

 

Before starting the renovations, the owner offered a city archaeologist an opportunity to look at what was under the soil underneath the wooden joists — and after a couple shovels, he found the bones and expanded the search area and found more. 

 

In total, it was one full adult skeleton, two adult skulls, a leg bone, and children’s bones. They think one of them is a younger European woman and one an African male. Some of them were in graves — it seems like bodies are buried there because there used to be a church on that location.

 

Very interesting. I grew up in St. Augustine (it’s where the Deaf school is) — and there’s many historical sites. You should visit the city someday! Be careful if you plan to dig, though. 

 

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