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The outline and discoloration of the early-1700s French cross found in Biloxi lies next to skeletal remains before it was removed from the Moran site in March 2006.


In May 2007 archaeologists unearthed more burials at the Moran Site, and the skeletons were about 5 feet below ground. The object between the two heads is a water pipe, installed years ago, that miraculously missed the skeletons.


The French cross, before it was cleaned, lies beside three rare wood rosary beads that can excite archaeologists even more than the rare cross. That’s because wood items typically don’t survive, and botanists at Southern Miss and Penn State believe these three survived because they were near the copper in the cross, which offered preservative qualities. These are thought to be of spindlewood indigenous to Europe.
1 posted on 02/08/2009 4:54:59 AM PST by Islander7
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2 posted on 02/08/2009 4:55:47 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: SunkenCiv

You find this of interest.


3 posted on 02/08/2009 4:59:21 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Islander7
I had considered more than once of adapting this old John Law political cartoon to "Uh"bama:

The caption (according to Wiki), reads:"The wind is my treasure, cushion, and foundation. Master of the wind, I am master of life, and my wind monopoly becomes straightway the object of idolatry. Less rapidly turn the sails of the windmill on my head than the price of shares in my foolish enterprises."

5 posted on 02/08/2009 5:56:54 AM PST by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: Islander7
In 1699 Daulphin Island was the Capital for all the Louisiana territories: (There is a plaque in Cadillac Square)

"February 1699 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Iberville and Bienville pioneer the settlement of the North American Gulf Coast. They land on Dauphin Island at the mouth of Mobile Bay on their way to establish colonies in the Mississippi River delta in the name of Louis XIV. They are the first Europeans to enter the mouth of the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico. The French had begun colonizing the Illinois territory twenty years before.

6 posted on 02/08/2009 7:53:54 AM PST by blam
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To: Islander7
So interesting. I imagine there's lots of stuff under some of the old homes that had survived the Hurricane of 47, Camille, and countless other huge storms, but were destroyed by Katrina.

Biloxi was settled even before New Orleans, so there is a LONG history for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

8 posted on 02/08/2009 11:56:58 AM PST by SuziQ
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