Historical archaeology-also known as text-aided archaeology-is the study of the past through the integration of material remains, stratigraphic contexts, and written documents. The use of written documents provides the time frame of historical archaeological research in La Florida-that is, from the date of the arrival of Europeans (ca. 1513) and the written accounts they left. In the same way, the very notion of "La Florida"-a completely European-imposed geographical idea-also assumes a post-1513 chronology, and a spatial boundary that would have been quite alien to the indigenous peoples who lived there.
Deagan, Kathleen A.
"The Historical Archaeology of Sixteenth-Century La Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 91:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol91/iss3/5