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Unearthing the Truth: FBI Jacksonville’s Evidence Response Team Digs Up the Past

It wasn’t exactly a crime scene, but the Jacksonville Evidence Response Team did uncover some evidence recently in St. Augustine, Florida that helped recreate a picture of the past for the nation’s oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement.

Unearthing the Truth: FBI Jacksonville’s Evidence Response Team Digs Up the Past


Just over an hour on the scene and FBI Special Agent Larry Meyer unearthed the mangled remains of a dagger hilt. In short order, other members of the FBI’s Jacksonville Evidence Response Team (ERT) began finding other tell-tale items of a life once lived—ribs, vertebrae, and lots and lots of oyster shells. It wasn't exactly a crime scene, but the Jacksonville ERT did uncover some evidence recently that helped recreate a picture of the past for the nation’s oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement.

With City of St. Augustine archaeologist Carl Halbirt, 18 members of the Jacksonville ERT helped sift through the soil on a plot that once contained an 18th century dwelling. Slated for new construction, the site was being dug as part of a city ordinance that calls for archaeological consideration before a new foundation is laid. The team used the opportunity to meet their quarterly training requirement.

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Nov 15, 2013 05:00 PM