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Dig underway at Fountain of Youth

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Updated: 4/24/2013 6:50 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- A group of archaeologists is digging for history.

"This is a piece of St. Johns Native American pottery," Linda Chandler explained.

Kathleen Deagan and her crew from The University of Florida have been excavating off and on at the Foutain of Youth since the 70's.

This time, they're looking for something specific. 

"We're hoping this year to really better understand the way the original settlement was laid out," she said.

They believe Pedro Menendez and his Spanish comrades settled the encampment in 1565-- the first in the City of St. Augustine.

The problem is, volunteers are running into Native American artifacts, making it hard to differentiate. 

"Menendez was right here with the Indians for a period of time," volunteer Harry Metz said.

According to Deagan, the Timicua natives went on to drive the Spaniards out of the camp-- which ended up burning down. There's a lot of mystery underneath this soil, but the team says its determined to unlock them.

"The whole purpose is really by 2015, which is St. Augustine's 450th birthday, we would like to know as much about this first settlement as possible because people will want to know what it was like to be here, what people ate and used, what their houses were like," she said. 

The team plans to dig at The Fountain of Youth for the next four months.

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