The American Archaeology magazine featured Ponce de Leonâ€™s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in a six-page article titled Finding Menendezâ€™ Footprint.
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featured in Fall, 2013 Issue of American ArchaeologyMagazine
St. Augustine, Florida â€“ Ponce de Leonâ€™s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is featured in the Fall, 2013 issue of American Archaeology magazine. The magazine, which is a quarterly publication of The Archaeological Conservancy, featured the St. Augustine attraction in a six-page article titled Finding Menendezâ€™ Footprint.
The article briefly recaps the fascinating history of the Fountain of Youth Park through the years, then goes on to describe the work of Dr. Kathleen Deagan at the Park. Beginning in 1976, Dr. Deagan has been periodically excavating what has proven to be the original site of the 1565 Pedro Menendez settlement of St. Augustine.
The Fountain of Youth Park has been privately owned by the Fraser family since 1927, and their conservative stewardship of the grounds for the past 86 years completely preserved the archaeological record of the area. Dr. Deagan has therefore had the opportunity to excavate undisturbed areas of ground, leading to important discoveries about the origins of St. Augustine, the first colonial European settlement.
The archaeological discoveries at the Fountain of Youth Park include a long list of notable and interesting finds. The September, 1565 settlement has been conclusively pinpointed to have been in an area in the eastern portion of the Park. The first site of the 1587 Mission of Nombre de Dios has been located in the Southwest corner of the Park. The thousand year-old grave of a domesticated dog was discovered during a Deagan dig. Underlying the entire Park, the traces of Timucuan activity stretching back at least 2,500 years bear testimony to the original inhabitants of the North Florida area.
With guest book records stretching back to 1868, Ponce de Leonâ€™s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is the oldest attraction in the state of Florida, and the Park continues to entertain guests today. With 15 waterfront acres of exhibits, the Park welcomes thousands of visitors a year, closing only on Christmas Day.
According to Dr. Kathleen Deagan, â€śThere may be no other single property in Florida that contains such an array of important archaeological resources for our state's early history.â€ť For more information on Ponce de Leonâ€™s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, please visit FountainOfYouthFlorida.com.
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