Friday, February 17, 2017
|On-going excavation at 1 King Street in St. Augustine, FL|
|External View of 1 King Street at intersection of King and Charlotte Street|
|Los Remedios sketch based on the research of Elsbeth Gordon|
|Baptista Boazio Map depicting the 1586 Drake Voyage (Library of Congress)|
In the above map, Los Remedios was located in the northeast (lower right) corner of the building cluster (but of course not for long since this image is capturing Drake's raid and the impending burning of the city).
|a closer view of the Baptista Boazio map with Los Remedios circled in red (Library of Congress)|
When visiting the King Street excavation site last week, I observed two exposed burials that were mostly intact. Based on ceramics found nearby, Halbirt estimates that the individuals were buried between 1572 and 1586. These individuals had not seen the light of day for over four centuries. Encountering them now was exciting and humbling.
I also observed a lot of excitement around the discovery of a posthole, a circular stain in the dirt showing where a wooden post once stood. It's believed that this stain marks the interior of the Los Remedios Church. If there was any doubt about the location, the posthole stain confirms that these individuals were originally buried under the church floor. This would be in keeping with the tradition of the time. Mission churches across Florida buried everybody (Spanish, Native Americans, and slaves) in the church floor, which was considered consecrated ground.
|West edge of Los Remedios marker on Aviles Street|
These brass markers can help recreate the church in your mind that once was the "heart of the new settlement" and the cross on top which was the "highest landmark, intended as a beacon of faith and a safe harbor." You can also imagine the people over four centuries ago who lived, died, and were buried under, these streets you now walk.
For ongoing information, please check out the City of St. Augustine Website: www.citystaug.com
Text by FPAN Staff, Robbie Boggs
Image Credits: Robbie Boggs, except where noted