February Dig KVAHC Meeting | the Dig | Reflection

KVAHC Meeting...

Highlands handouts: Coastal Resistance and Interior Resilience

David Butler PhD, RPA

Notes on meeting:

The History of Florida

European incursion and disruption...

  • European disruption of American Indian societies in Florida and across North America is not discussed enough
  • Prior to European region we now call Florida, there were at least 100,000 American Indians
  • Columbus did not discover the new world
  • The first officially sanctioned European mercenaries voyage to Florida.

The first voyage to Florida officially sanctioned and contracted by Spanish government occurred in 1513. This incursion was led by Juan Ponce de Leon who labeled the region "La Florida"

Initial European failure...

Spanish mercenaries met fierce resistance when they initially attempted to strategically invade Florida.

The beginning of the end: 16th century...

  • France sends their own mercenaries
  • Spain retaliates against France
  • Spain establishes st. Augustine (September 8, 1865)
  • Castillo de San Marcos took 26 years to build
  • The walls of the fortress remain impenetrable
  • Fort Mose founded in 1733
  • former enslaved Africans lived in Fort Mose

Time line of Florida...

  • 1513-1763 first Spanish period
  • 1763-1783 British period
  • 1783-1821 second Spanish period
  • 1821-1845 territorial period (second Seminole War 1835-1842)
  • 1845- present statehood

Plan View...

DigGin' in the dirt...

The 2 meter by 2 meter "pit" inside the pit

Below are plenty of photos of the progress that we have made throughout the course of the day. These photos demonstrate us digging.

Siphoning through the dirt...

These photos show WMA students looking through the dirt that was dug in order to find artifacts in it.

Record Level Forms...

List of Participants...

Adults or Guests:

  • Dr. David Bulter
  • Ms. Anita
  • Gordon Davis
  • Maddie


  • Hilary Cajuste
  • Sam Cantine
  • Siyona Cremeans
  • Ashley Gamez
  • Gabrielle Garcia
  • Isaac Hernandez
  • Josue Perez
  • Alexandra Vega

Reflection Section...

The February dig was definitely a very unique one. I say this because— throughout the entire archeology dig I did not touch a shovel. However, I was inside the pit for the most part. Instead, I passed buckets of dirt up so that the others could look through the dirt to see if they can find any artifacts within it. This dig was in no doubt my favorite. I felt that the time went by very quickly because the atmosphere of the dig that day was a content but also hardworking one. Here are pictures to prove it.


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