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Foundation of 330-year-old church uncovered in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE

Ancient church's foundation uncovered

University of Florida archaeologists have uncovered the foundation of what they say is a more than 330-year-old stone church in St. Augustine.

Archaeologists say it's the oldest church of its kind in the state.

The church is believed to have been built in 1677. The foundation was found on the site of the first and longest-lasting of the Spanish missions in Florida. After English raiders destroyed the church in 1728, the ruins were buried and forgotten.

The site is now home to a modern church and chapel.

Florida Museum of Natural History researcher Gifford Waters says the foundation will be covered back up after the archaeologists finish their work. The foundation's size and shape will be marked to tell visitors about the discovery.

MIAMI

Madoff underwear sells for $200 at auction

Thousands of buyers vied for items that once belonged to convicted swindler Bernard Madoff, with 14 pairs of underwear going for $200 and a photograph of a naked rear end selling for $4,600.

The Miami Herald reports the U.S. Marshals Service held the auction Saturday in Miami Beach.

Some bidders, like Mike Burd of Long Island, planned to resell the goods for profit on eBay. Others, like North Miami online retailer Rich Kroll, simply wanted a piece of history.

The mostly household goods brought in more than $400,000, which will go toward compensating victims of Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Madoff pleaded guilty and is serving a 150-year prison sentence.

Times wires

Foundation of 330-year-old church uncovered in St. Augustine 06/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 12:35am]
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