Broad-scale Excavations at Sarabay: Insights into the Center of a Timucua Town

Keith Ashley, Department of Anthropology, University of North Florida
Middlebush Hall 8

Talk description: This past summer the University of North Florida (UNF) completed its fourth consecutive field school in the center of what we believe is the Timucua town of Sarabay, near Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to more than 15,000 Indigenous sherds, UNF students have recovered Spanish ceramics along with artifacts depicting Catholic imagery. Among the most tantalizing finds is the outline of a large Indigenous post-in-the-ground building, perhaps a council house, dating to ca. 1580-1620s. This presentation situates Sarabay in a broader geopolitical context and provides a very up-to-date overview of UNF excavations at Sarabay.