Friday, December 18, 2015

12/18/15 Report - Settlement Site Earlier Than St. Augustine Discovered In Florida. Wind Shift This Afternoon.

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As you know, the south wind dumped a lot of sand on our beaches.  The wind will change today around 4 PM.  It will then be coming from the north.  According to the surfing web sites, the surf will remain small today, then increase tomorrow.


The other big news today is about the Luna Settlement site that has been discovered.  Here is a bit of that story.

UWF archaeologists recovered numerous sherds of broken 16th century Spanish ceramics found undisturbed beneath the ground surface. They are believed to be pieces of assorted cookware and tableware, including liquid storage containers called olive jars. Small personal and household items were also among the findings – a lead fishing line weight, a copper lacing aglet and wrought iron nail and spike fragments. Additionally, the team recovered beads known to have been traded with Native Americans. These items are consistent with materials previously identified in the shipwrecks offshore in Pensacola Bay.

The artifacts were linked to the Spanish expedition led by Tristán de Luna y Arellano, who brought 1,500 soldiers, colonists, slaves and Aztec Indians in 11 ships from Veracruz, Mexico, to Pensacola to begin the Spanish colonization of the northern Gulf Coast in 1559. One month after they arrived, the colony was struck by a hurricane, sinking many of their ships and devastating their food supplies. After two years, the remnants of the colony were rescued by Spanish ships and returned to Mexico.

The Luna settlement inhabited Pensacola from 1559 to 1561, which predates the Spanish settlement in St. Augustine, Florida, by six years, and the English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, by 48 years...

Here is the link for the rest of the University of West Florida press release.

Here is another link about the Luna site.  This article is longer.


I saw a bag of coffee floating in the Indian River today.  I assume it is part of the lost cargo but don't know how it got into the river.

Happy hunting,