Discoveries

Even the ground under our feet has stories to reveal

Even the ground under our feet has stories to reveal

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum sits atop a treasure trove of artifacts stretching back centuries.

Famous archaeologists such as Kathy Deagan of the University of Florida and St. Augustine City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt have led more than 15 digs to investigate who lived here long ago and find clues to how they lived.

For example, discoveries from the boarding house period have helped historians interpret this long-forgotten era.

We look forward to more important findings from future digs at the site.

Key Archaeological Finds

Caravaca Cross

An intricate white bronze double-barred cross discovered during a 2002 dig dates to 17th century Spain. It appears to have been lost on the property, and may be the only example of this valuable historical curiosity to have been found in North America.

Antique China

The colorful “Bandana” china displayed in the dining room is from a pattern that belonged to owner Sarah Petty Anderson. Shards found during a dig helped identify it. The Dames subsequently tracked down place settings of this beautiful and long-discontinued pattern.

Silver Button

In 1990, a large cache of pins and buttons was discovered beneath a foundation that was probably a laundry shed. One rare silver button may be even more valuable than the Caravaca Cross.

Pre-Columbian artifacts

An ancient Timucuan settlement predates the House by thousands of years. Archaeologists from the University of Florida have excavated tens of thousands of artifacts from this indigenous pre-Columbian civilization on the property.