16th century Spanish artifacts found in Georgia

Jewelry and other artifacts from the 1500s have been found in an excavation of a Native American village in Georgia (USA). The artifacts suggest that conquistador Hernando de Soto may have travelled far off course in his exploration of Florida and points west.

The Spanish artifacts included glass beads, iron tools, and silver ornaments.  It is the largest collection of 16th century Spanish artifacts found in the continental US outside of Florida.

Another theory is that the artifacts may come from the lost Spanish colony of Ayllon.