What kinds of things are found at an archaeological site?

No project ever uncovers the same material. Each site in St. Augustine is unique, which is why it is so important to document and preserve our archaeological heritage prior to construction. However, Native American sites predating 1565 generally consist of scattered shell debris, with some artifacts and animal bone. In some cases, soil stains representing the remains of houses and trash deposits have been documented. 


Sites associated with the historical occupation of St. Augustine, often contain remnants of:

  • Building Foundations
  • Historic Street Surfaces
  • Privies
  • Trash Pits
  • Wells


Artifacts usually included:

  • Animal Bone
  • Broken Pottery
  • Construction Materials Such as Nails and Bricks
  • Glass

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1. How do I know if my construction project requires archaeological review and investigation?
2. Is the investigation going to hold up my construction?
3. How much does the archaeological review fee cost?
4. Why does archaeology take so long?
5. How do you know where to dig?
6. What kinds of things are found at an archaeological site?
7. Who owns the artifacts?
8. What is a feature?
9. What is an artifact?
10. Are the artifacts valuable?
11. Do you ever find gold?
12. Can I dig or metal detect on City-owned property?