Wednesday, January 9, 2013
|Happy New Year 2013|
Happy New Year St. Augustine! The year 2013 is here and we St. Augustinians have survived the dawn of a new epoch in Maya time, the beginning or seating of the 14th Bak'tun. A Bak'tun is 144,000 days, almost 400 years, a long time. The Maya started the beginning of their calendar count in 3114 B.C., the day of creation. The 13th Bak'tun ended on December 21, 2012 and some people thought this portended the end of the world. But we are still here, alive and well, and looking forward to another fascinating year for archaeology in St. Augustine, Florida. The 14th Bak'tum is actually said to be the start of a very favorable epoch in history. And the year holds many promises.
|St. Augustine Archaeological Association|
|The old City of St. Augustine in colonial times|
A week later (5/24-5/26), the Florida Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and symposium on board the Carnival Sensation cruise ship which will leave on a three day chartered cruise to the Bahamas. This is entitled "500 Years of La Florida: Sailing the Path of Discovery". Papers and workshops will be scheduled on board as well as a tour of the town of Nassau on shore. http://myfloridahistory.org
|The spires of the Ponce Hotel, Flagler College|
And who can overlook the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon sighting and naming La Florida. No one knows for sure where Ponce de Leon first stepped ashore in 1513. But that controversy has not prevented communities up and down Florida's East Coast from claiming the honor and scheduling events including another program in the Discover First America series sponsored by the Fountain of Youth Archaeology Park, "Juan Ponce de Leon Finds Florida" at 7:00pm, January 23, 2013 in the Lewis Auditorium. www.staugustine-450.com
|City of St. Augustine Archaeological Lab|
|A City Dig|
|Carl Halbirt, City Archaeologist|
So St. Augustinians, friends and visitors, prepare yourself for a fascinating year of meetings, lectures, banquets, commemorations and digs. The year 2013 should prove to be one of the best years ever exploring archaeology in our old city.