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State officials' visit to Los Remedios concludes archaeological investigation
One of the most important archaeological digs in St. Augustine is coming to a close. The dig confirmed the location of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies), the city's first parish church which was established in 1574. Located at what is now the corner of Charlotte and King Streets, the dig originally began in 2016 in response to a public works project replacing a century-old cast iron water pipe.
Soon after the dig began, human remains were discovered. As part of colonial Catholic tradition, parishioners were buried beneath the floor of the church. In accordance with Florida Statutes, which requires the respectful treatment of human remains, the City Archaeology Program began coordinating with the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine and Florida's State Archaeologist to document human burials exposed during the utility work. In every way the city worked to comply with state law and to treat the human remains with the utmost respect.
As a result, the archaeological investigation documented the number and location of impacted burials, worked to minimize damage to intact burials, carefully recorded any data about the first parish church, and closely monitored the removal of old utility lines and the installation of new ones.
Last week, Dr. Mary Glowacki, State Archaeologist/Bureau Chief, and Josh Goodwin, Unmarked Burials Coordinator, assisted St. Augustine’s Archaeology Program with the final field component of the project.
The remaining construction work at the site will continue to be closely monitored by the City Archaeologist because of its importance, not only for St. Augustine, but for Florida and the nation. In the years to follow, the Archaeology Program, in coordination with other scholars, will continue to analyze and interpret their findings.
Visit the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios webapge for more information about archaeological research and its history.