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Mission-era Native American home found in Florida

The wall of a home, at least 300 years old, where a family of Native Americans lived as part of the mission community of Nombre de Dios has been found in the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, Florida.

A midden, or shell heap, about 40 feet long once covered a portion of the Fountain property near the attraction’s gift shop. Then, at some point after the Spanish came, a building was constructed on part of that site.

“It follows Spanish architectural design, but it’s a Native American structure,” Halbirt said.

A builder’s trench, postholes and two corners of the building as well as the wall line have been uncovered so far. Halbirt thinks the building’s construction offers a look at “how Spanish and Native American culture intermingled.”

The shell midden deposit is prehistoric, 500 to 1,000 years old. The mission era structure is probably 300-350 years old.

Why the building was constructed the way it was isn’t known although the shell midden and reinforced builder’s trench gave the building a sturdy and nearly impenetrable floor.

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