The remains of the oldest stone mission church completed in colonial Spanish Florida are open to the public as University of Florida archaeologists return to the site during the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine.Through Sept. 11, archaeologists are digging deeper to explore the 70-by-35-foot-structure, one of the largest churches known to Spanish Florida. The excavation could reveal clues about daily life at the first and longest-lasting Franciscan mission in the Southeast, said lead researcher Gifford Waters, Florida Museum of Natural History historical archaeology collection manager.

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