Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 20
Title: [Research notes on Blk 12-Lot20]
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Title: Research notes on Blk 12-Lot20
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 20
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Copyright Date: Public Domain
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Folder: Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez (Toy Museum) Blk 12-Lot 20
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
52 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez House
Toy Museum
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 52 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896151 x -81.313211
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094128
Volume ID: VID00014
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: B12-L20

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TEST EXCAVATION AT 52 ST. GEO GE STREET


A small test excavation was conducted in the northeast room of this house
on November 8 and 9p 1961. A section of the existing floor was removed and a 6'x 6'
test pit was sunk. This pit was located approximately in the center of the room.

The existing floor joists were shored up in places by single brick. These
brick in turn were resting on a badly deteriorated tabby floor. This floor, designated
floor #1, was composed of burnt oyster shell lime with some ooquina chipping as
aggregate and had a thickness of plus or minus .017 feet.

Immediately below this, floor #2 was encountered. It was in much better
condition that floor #1 although it did have some cracks and depressions. In general,
the floor material was of a better quality than floor #1, although composed of the
same material. The thickness of this floor was .010'.

Floor #2 rested on a crushed shell base which was .015' thick. Below the
shell base there was .50' of dark brown sand which yielded cultural material. Sterile
yellow sand was encountered at this point.

Below is the break-down of the cultural material found in each level.

Floor #1


San Marco complicates tamped--4
San Marco plainware--3
Featheredge-2
Transferware--4
Banded white ware--2
Chinese porcelain--l
Queenaware--16
Peasantware red paste--l
Peasantware lead-glase-5
Spanish peasantware red paste--9


Floor #2

San Marco complicated stamped--9
San Marco plainware-25
Unknown majolica--1
Clear glass--1
Iron fragments--3


Shell base

San Marco complicated stamped--7
San Marco plain--11
Plain rim--2
Mission red filmed--2
Pueblo polychrome-I-
Unknown white majolica-1
Faience--l
Lead-glased earthenware--1


Mission red filmed--9
Green glass-2
Clear glass--I
Coal--1
Iron fragment--i
Copper disc--.0135' in dia., .002' thick,
wt. 2 os.; no marks visible--1
Unknown earthenware--2


Re-fired earthenware--3
Chinese porcelain--2
Rheinish salt-azed stoneware-1
Queensware--2
Re-fired amber glass--9
Iron nails--6
Scissor handle--l
Pipestem--5/6" dia.--l



















Test 'Excavation at 52 St. George Street


Dark 3rown Sand

San Marco complicated stamped-23
San Marco plain--23
Mission red filmed--I
Unglazed olive jar--2
Glazed olive jar--2
Mt. Royal polychrome--l
San Luis polychrome--l
San Augustin B/W--I
Light greenn glass-2
Pipe stem, 5/64" dia.--l


Although the sample was small, some conclusions may be drawn from the
cultural material recovered.

Floor #1. The presence of ceramic wares manufactured during the first
half of the 19th century would indicate a date for this floor of ca. 1820-1360.

Floor #2. No datable material was recovered from this floor but it would
seem probable that it is contemporary with the shell base below it.

Shell base. The materials from this shell would seem to date from ca 1770-
1790, although the presence of Rheinish salt glazed stoneware could make it later as
this ware has a continuous time span covering the 17th, 18th, and 19th century.

Dark brown sand. Here again we are faced with a very small sample, but
from the materials recovered, a date of 1700-1750 may be assigned with reservations.


Robert H. Steinbach
Archaeologist-Construction Supt.


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TEST EXCAVATION AT 52 ST. GEORGE S2iLLT


A small test excavation was conducted in the northeast room of this house
on November 8 and 9, 1961. A section of the existing floor was removed and a 6'x 6'
test pit was sunk. This pit was located approximately in the center of the room.

The existing floor joists were shored up in places by single brick. These
brick in turn were resting on a badly deteriorated tabby floor. This floor, designated
floor #1, was composed of burnt oyster shell lime with some coquina chipping as
aggregate and had a thickness of plus or minus .017 feet.

Immediately below this, floor #2 was encountered. It was in much better
condition that floor #1 although it did have some cracks and depressions. In general,
the floor material was of a better quality than floor #1, although composed of the
same material. The thickness of this floor was .010'.

Floor #2 rested on a crushed shell base which was .015' thick. Below the
shell base there was .50' of dark brown sand which yielded cultural material. Sterile
yellow sand was encountered at this point.

Below is the break-down of the cultural material found in each level.

Floor #1


San iarco complicates aamped--4
San Marco plainware--3
Featheredge--2
Transferware--4
Banded white ware--2
Chinese porcelain--l
Queensware--16
Peasantware red paste--i
Peasantware lead-glaze--5
Spanish peasantware red paste--9


Floor #2

San Marco complicated stamped--9
San Marco plainware--25
Unknown majolica--l
Clear glass--l
Iron fragments--3


Shell base

San Marco complicated stamped--7
San Marco plain--11
Plain rim--2
Mission red filmed--2
Pueblo polychrome--l
Unknown white majolica-1
Faience--l
Lead-glazed earthenware--1


Mission red filmed--9
Green glass--2
Clear glass--1
Coal--l
Iron fragment--l
Copper disc--.0135' in dia., .002' thick,
wt. 2 oz.; no marks visible--i
Unknown earthenware--2


Re-fired earthenware--3
Chinese porcelain--2
Rheinish salt-glazed stoneware--1
Queensware--2
Ae-fired amber glass--9
Iron nails--6
Scissor handle--1
Pipestem--5/64" dia.--1



















Test Excavation at 52 St. George Street


Dark Brown Sand

San Marco complicated stamped--23
San Marco plain--23
Mission red filmed--I
Unglazed olive jar--2
Glazed olive jar--2
Mt. Royal polychrome--l
San Luis polychrome--l
San Augustin B/W--1
Light green glass--2
Pipe stem, 5/64" dia.--1


Although the sample was small, some conclusions may be drawn from the
cultural material recovered.

Floor #1. The presence of ceramic wares manufactured during the first
half of the 19th century would indicate a date for this floor of ca. 1820-1860.

Floor f#2. No datable material was recovered from this floor but it would
seem probable tha' it is contemporary with the shell base below it.

Shell base. The materials from this shell would seeri to date from ca 177C-
1790, although the presence of Rheinish salt glazed stoneware could make it later as
this ware has a continuous time span covering the 17th, 18th, and 19th century.

Dark brown sand. Here again we are faced with a very small sample, but
from the materials recovered, a date of 1700-1750 may be assigned with reservations.


Robert H. Steinbach
Archaeologist-Construction Supt.


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