Discovery of a long-lost Spanish mission church

By on Jun 3, 2011 in Amazing, Archaelogy, North America Comments

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According to several international news sites as of June 3, 2011, a team of archaeologists under the direction of Kathleen Deagan and Gifford Waters of the Florida Museum of Natural History, recently discovered a Spanish mission church older than the Castillo de San MarcosFlorida.

One related report additionally quoted Kathleen Deagan saying, “This is a truly exciting rediscovery of a long-lost building. Nombre de Dios mission was the first and longest lasting of the Spanish Franciscan missions in Florida, and the Shrine of La Leche was famous in its time for its fine workmanship and decoration.”

The discovery offers a “wonderful opportunity to learn more about the lives of the Spanish friars and American Indians who lived at the mission,” she further mentioned.

Based on the report given by The St. Augustine Record, it reveals that the Nombre de Dios mission site near downtown St. Augustine was found with a tip coming from Sister Catherine Bitzer, archivist for the Diocese of St. Augustine and the Sisters of St. Joseph.

It was reportedly noted that Bitzer came across notes and records put together by Father Charles Spellman, a historian who was the director of the Mission and Shrine.



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