Mapping Spanish Settlement at Santa Elena (1566-1587): An Integrated Archaeogeophysical Approach


This is an abstract from the "Technology in Terrestrial and Underwater Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Santa Elena, located on Parris Island along the South Carolina coast, was occupied between AD 1566 and 1587. During this time, it served as the location for five Spanish forts, a colonial town of over 200 settlers, and as the first capital of Spanish La Florida. We combine 30+ years of archaeological investigations with a new shallow geophysical survey to map the Spanish settlement at Santa Elena. We identify geophysical signatures consistent with a range of archaeological features associated with Spanish settlement, especially wells, large support posts, and roads. We interpret these signatures in the context of extant archaeological investigations at the site including a full-coverage shovel-test survey and numerous block excavations.

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Mapping Spanish Settlement at Santa Elena (1566-1587): An Integrated Archaeogeophysical Approach. Jake Lulewicz, Victor Thompson, Chester B. DePratter. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449073)

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United States of America

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 180