UNF archaeology researchers are uncovering the shed Indigenous NE Florida settlement of Sarabay
Jacksonville, Fla. – The University of North Florida archaeology crew is now reasonably assured they have situated the dropped Indigenous northeast Florida community of Sarabay, a settlement described in both French and Spanish paperwork courting to the 1560s but experienced not been identified until eventually now.
The type and quantities of Indigenous pottery the staff is obtaining mixed with the kind and dates for European artifacts as properly as cartographic map evidence strongly supports this area as the late 16th/early 17th century Mocama settlement.
The scientists have opened big excavation blocks with several interesting new artifact finds and are now searching for proof of residences and general public architecture. The students, led by Dr. Keith Ashley, UNF Archaeology Lab director and assistant professor, have not too long ago recovered extra than 50 pieces of early Spanish pottery as effectively as Indigenous pottery that dates to the late 1500s or early 1600s. They have also recovered bone, stone and shell artifacts as well as burned corn cob fragments.
Increasing upon UNF excavations conducted at the southern conclude of Huge Talbot Island in 1998, 1999, and 2020, the UNF analysis team has accomplished what is probably the most considerable excavations at a Mocama-Timucua internet site in northeastern Florida background.
This dig is portion of the UNF Archaeology Lab’s ongoing Mocama Archaeological Venture. This examine focuses on the Mocama-speaking Timucua Indians who lived together the Atlantic coastline of northern Florida at the time on European arrival in 1562. The Mocama had been amid the initial indigenous populations encountered by European explorers in the 1560s.
The crew hopes to ultimately verify the discovery of Sarabay by discovering proof of residences and public architecture. They will go on to investigate and study about Sarabay’s bodily layout for the duration of continuing fieldwork tasks in excess of the upcoming a few several years.
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