SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - One of Santa Fe’s earliest streets and a possible plaster pit dating from the 1600s has been discovered by archaeologists.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies recently found the cobbled surface near the existing Santa Fe Plaza for Drury Southwest, a hotel chain that plans to redevelop the former St. Vincent Hospital complex.
State officials say the street may have led to Santa Fe’s first parroquia, or parish church.
The street does not appear on the first known map of Santa Fe in 1766.
Amid the cobbles were bits of Pueblo Indian pottery and types of majolica pottery from Puebla, Mexico.
A 2008 excavation turned up the cobbled surface about four feet below today’s ground.
A second dig ends Thursday. (source)