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350-year-old discovery made in St. Augustine

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Updated: 1/14 8:26 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The city of St. Augustine's own archaeology center is now assessing its most significant find in decades.

Inside the office are more than a million artifacts unearthed by archaeologists in St. Augustine ever since the city began sending them out to construction sites in the 1980s. Mischa Johns, one of the city's archaeologists, told Action News, "There's pretty much nowhere you dig in the city without finding any kind of archaeological deposit."

Their dig last Thursday didn't seem like much when they met a gas crew on Charlotte Street, but what they found may have been their most exciting to date.

"It became more than just an ordinary dig that we do all the time, monitoring construction work. This was a serious intact find that hadn't been disturbed for 350 years," said Johns.

Just a few feet below the surface of road on Charlotte Street, which has seen numerous surfaces throughout history, archaeologists uncovered a dozen layers of roads that were undisturbed for centuries. The pristine condition of their findings is allowing scientists to identify road patterns and designs from British, Spanish and Native American cultures.

"It was literally like drawing a timeline," said Johns.

What they uncovered is now being dried out for a few days awaiting further analysis. The city archeologists plan to meet gas crews for four more digs on Charlotte Street in the next few weeks. Scientists, however, doubt they'll uncover anything quite as revealing.
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