The ground under our feet has stories to reveal

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2002 Archaeology Excavation

Like many areas of St. Augustine, the site of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts that stretches back centuries. More than 15 digs have been conducted on the property, whose official Florida site number is 8SJ###. 

Many notable archaeologists, such as Kathy Deagan of Fort Mose fame, and former St. Augustine City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt have led these excavations. The findings of these digs have helped our historians interpret the boarding house period with accuracy and care.

Key Archaeological Finds

Caravaca Cross

Caravaca Cross

Dating back to 17th century Spain, this beautifully crafted double-barred cross is made of white bronze. Discovered during an excavation in 2002, it appears to have been lost on the property, as it was found in a garbage deposit and was split in two.

Soup Tureen

Antique China

In our Dining Room, all of the china being displayed is based on a “Bandana” pattern, which belonged to Sarah Petty Anderson, who owned and operated the house. Shards found during an archaeological excavation helped identify it. The NSCDA-FL promptly tracked down place settings of this beautiful and long-discontinued pattern. In this way, archaeology and interpretation are strongly connected.

Silver Button

Silver Button

In 1990, a large deposit of pins and buttons was discovered beneath a foundation of what was probably a laundry shed. One rare silver button (pictured above) may be even more valuable than the Caravaca Cross.

Native American Artifact

Pre-Columbian artifacts

The Timucua were the indigenous peoples that occupied Florida before the Age of Exploration changed the “New World” forever. Several ancient Timucua settlements predate the city of Saint Augustine by thousands of years. Archaeologists from the University of Florida have excavated tens of thousands of artifacts from this indigenous pre-Columbian civilization on our property.