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A Treasure of Gold; de Soto’s 1539 army encampment in Florida


(1) In the 1970s, near the Greek village of Aidonia, a mule fell into a hole.  Upon rescuing the animal, villagers discovered a rare golden treasure buried amidst a group of skeletons.  They tried to keep it a secret.  This is the story of the plunder of Mycenaean tombs and the recovery of precious cultural heritage.  (2) Aided by a hurricane, a project in Florida finds an ancient Native American town where Hernando de Soto and his army encamped and which later became one of the earliest Spanish missions established in what is now the United States.



Produced in 2013 by Archaeological Legacy Institute


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Web links:

Aidonia Treasure (Trafficking Culture)
Florida Archaeological Survey
Florida Public Archaeology Network
Hernando de Soto (Wikipedia)
Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Witness the Past (Technological Educational Institute of Athens)
Witness the Past Lesson Plan: “A Treasure of Gold” (Anemon Productions)

Florida Archaeological Survey