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iti veo t laid StaeThivesill drir i of> buld- in a in stations of the Arugs wvas own in the Sth cen- rivai House. This archaeological sai tury by a prominent St. Augus- research was continued by Rob- placemy atio te -family named Avero. Several ert Steinbach, staff archaeologist, and the b all of these buildings are still stand- who also uncovered the ancient of which is co e aring, and one-the Auivas House, -well and the first indications of a chaeology. We hae g d the has .been -restored by the COM.- major supplementary building. greatest respect-ior the accuracy diissioni. The agg ond I14use is ten- Investigation of thp.latter is con- of this jman's cartography.".,tatively designast e b',tlie._Comt- tin'liIng even as' construction be- 'A start,aon the project was dednision, as "Peuk, 4," be- gitns on the mai building. layed two months whiile additioncause it app his d The archaeological crew was al land was acquired, when it was nation onr 9map. able to uncover cornplete f ounda- found that lot lineg_4. changed of, 1 'Q%,aIs tions of this house, which indi- Over the years and nation Rocque, w hti,7 asis cate, in combination with the of the louse lap 9 ino an githe Co g for Rocque map, the architectural adjoining lot. two the restor a ii s ncient city. character of the building. Accord months were clear arch i expected t ing to Earle W Newton, execustate apo tioal acquisitions Often modern hou n the sites of old ones, a ingto Newton, but in some cases, such as this one, there have been major land readjustments and modern houses unday lMornhig, February 25, 1962 have been built in the center of new lots which do not in any way tonform with the old ones. This substantially complicates the problem of land acquisition for restoration,.he said. Research is still under Way to uncover additional historical and map data relating to these adjoining properties on St.- George Street, most of which were part of the "Avero Complex," under the guidance of Robert Gold, Commission historian. Gold is pT'esently combing the mountains of documents of the Stetson Collection at the University of Flor,,4a
ida, and has made preliminary investigations of the East Florida Papers in the Library of Congress for pertinent material. "It's like searching for the. proverbial needle in the haystack," he said, "but we have the feeling that additional information exists'among these historical documents if we can only find the proper paths to the ones which have it. Curiously enough, it is often as useful to us to find out that a certain major group of documents has no inforiation of value to us; then at least we no longer h-ave to
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Plans are now under way to undertake -further research in ,I~~aimr D flSpa $in and in o missing WORK CONTINUES ON, RESTORATION PROJECTS d I ring
B ch, archeolbist for the St. Augustine Restoration, Preservation and Histori- 1962-63. E with ion, examines ancient remains of what was probably an -olive jug that-wa ani hficiai Au_ boh in Ws i adid
e grounds of the Avero Complex recently. Although restor 6f St Au- by Mr. w 1 rd ge prime objective of the Commission, archeological wor being ig extensive offers of help from ig- expanishv A rchives. ~ o noed. Steinbach states that minds such as the jug shown are extremely Spanish> Archivs (Photo by a rris).