St. Augustine dig: "a 16th century jackpot!"

Archaeologists working at the site of a new garden at the gallery of the Art Association in St. Augustine, Florida, have unearthed "some of the earliest artifacts found in the downtown area." City archaeologist Carl Halbirt said, "This is a 16th century jackpot!" WFGA, Jacksonville, has the story. (video)

So far, Halbirt and his team of volunteers have found artifacts in the area, believed to have been a trash dump, dating to 1572 – 1586, the earliest years of the city. Among the finds were a burned corn cob that may have been used to keep mosquitoes away and a "flagellation star," a tiny metal piece  used in religious ceremonies.