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Mission San Luis consists of 60 acres of largely undisturbed 17th century archaeological deposits including the remains from well-documented religious, secular, public, and residential areas of the site. In 2002, an 8,100 sq. ft. state-of-the-art archaeology laboratory was constructed for the conservation, analysis and curation of all site materials including artifacts, records, maps, slides, negatives, and fieldnotes. Following more than two decades of fieldwork, the archaeological collections at Mission San Luis represent one of the largest and most diverse collections of 17th century Spanish and Apalachee materials available anywhere. These remains include more than 950,000 artifacts and 16 tons of building materials recovered from controlled excavations at a wide range of Apalachee and Spanish contexts.
We have a significant repository of photocopied and microfilmed documents at Mission San Luis, as well as transcriptions and translations of many of these by historian John H. Hann. Historical records available at Mission San Luis include all documents in the John Tate Lanning Collection pertinent to Spanish Florida, the entire Jeannette Thurber Connor Collection on microfilm, extensive portions of the Stetson and Woodbury Lowery collections, and a significant number of the Spanish Florida Project documents copied at the Archivo General de Indias (Seville) by the P.K. Yonge Library staff from the University of Florida.