What do students get from Field School when they participate in an on-going excavation?
The Search for Fort Caroline has been an ongoing research project with
the National Park. In 2004, the Field
School surveyed the Fort Caroline National Memorial property. In 2015, a much larger survey in Roosevelt
Preserve and surrounding neighborhoods revealed no evidence of French or
Spanish artifacts. It helped to define
the prehistory of the area, but no evidence for Fort Caroline was found. The field
work was, as always, a rich experience for students. While the Fort remains
elusive, students found plenty of earlier native material. This was an especially important opportunity for the students to
evaluate the evidence—historical documents vs. archaeological evidence. This
challenges the students to think about what constitutes evidence for the Fort.
For more information about UNF's Archaeology Laboratory, please visit: https://www.unf.edu/archlab/
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