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February Monthly Meeting-change of venue!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 10:29 AM by MC Prentice   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 10:31 AM ]
Please note, our February monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, February 1, the first Thursday of the month and will be held at Mission San Luis, 2100 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304.  A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6 pm followed by this month's presentation at 6:30.

PAST and Mission San Luis are joining together to welcome Dr. John Worth of the University of West Florida.

In 1992, the discovery of the Emanuel Point I shipwreck in Pensacola Bay marked the first direct archaeological trace of the 1559-1561 colonial expedition of don Tristán de Luna y Arellano to Florida, the landing site of which had long been suspected to be somewhere on Pensacola Bay.  In 2006, further survey by the University of West Florida resulted in the discovery of the Emanuel Point II wreck just four hundred meters away.  And in 2015, the discovery of the Luna settlement site itself less than a kilometer away on the terrace overlooking both wrecks led to further archaeological survey and testing in 2016 and 2017, including two summer field schools at the 13-hectare site, along with the discovery of the Emanuel Point III wreck even closer to the shore.  As a result of these discoveries, archaeologists have been presented with an unprecedented opportunity to conduct long-term study on a huge if short-lived mid-16th-century Spanish colonial settlement with a cluster of at least three directly-associated shipwrecks just offshore.  The Luna archaeological district on Pensacola Bay promises to give us an unparalleled opportunity to explore both the colony itself and eventually as many as six of the ships that carried the colonists to Florida, and Dr. Worth's presentation will provide an update on current research into the settlement.

MC Prentice,
Jan 23, 2018, 10:29 AM