Land Use at the Site of Old Christ Church Pensacola Florida

Carrie Austill Williams

          Pensacola, Florida's extensive history has allowed historical archaeologists to utilize primary documents, maps and secondary sources for archaeological research. Using the historical documents and maps, researchers were able to locate structures and activity areas, and study the cultural components. However, reliance only on documented sources would have kept undocumented historical activities on the lot of Old Christ Church from being discovered. The archaeology conducted at Old Christ Church gave archaeologist a chance to look at that part of the cultural record that may have otherwise been overlooked. These excavations revealed unexpected colonial activity since historical documentation suggests the site area was not used for buildings during the colonial period. With the use of archaeology and historical research this thesis revealed new information on the colonial land use history of a small portion of downtown Pensacola.