Over the past several weeks, I have been following the active dig at the Tovar House. While the excavation process for 2016 has concluded, the research is far from over.
The multiyear research investigation differs from other research projects because it is truly an interdisciplinary endeavor. The archaeological, architectural and historical perspectives have fueled the progression of the research. The grants awarded by the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute has allowed for these top scholars to be in direct conversation with each other with the ultimate goal of a greater understanding of early colonial St. Augustine, and in particular, the transition from Spanish to British in the mid eighteenth century.
Though all the excavation sites have been filled in, there are more opportunities for research. Now, instead of reporting from the dig site, I intend to keep you looped in on the other aspects of our continued investigation.
We have invited dendrochronologist Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer to examine the Tovar House as well as the Gonzalez-Alvarez House. Dendrochronology is particularly useful in our understanding of the older properties under our care because it allows us to more accurately date building materials. In turn, this information allows us to understand more about the time period and the residents of the house.