Archeologists to dig in new area of old St. Augustine park

Published On: Mar 09 2014 12:05:09 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 09 2014 12:08:55 PM EDT
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -

Archeologists are preparing to begin excavating a previously uncharted area in St. Augustine that was once occupied by Native Americans and early Spanish settlers.

The St. Augustine Record reported that in a week researchers are set to begin digging at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. The site has been regularly excavated since 1976 and has led to the discovery of about 97,000 artifacts.

The colony was settled in 1565 by explorer Pedro Menendez and is believed to be the earliest example of European explorers and Native Americans working together.

Researchers say only about 30 percent of the park has been explored.

The dig is taking place in an empty field, and no sightseeing spots will be blocked off for park visitors.