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18th century graves found in New Orleans’ French Quarter

Construction work in New Orlean’s French Quarter have found graves dating back to the early 1700s.

“Basically, the closer you get to the river the more likely you’re going to find old things and the older the things are likely to be,” archaeologist Jill Yakubik said.

Yakubik with Earth Search headed up a team of archaeologists and anthropologists that helped excavate the site for four weeks this past summer.

“In the surrounding area around New Orleans, it’s not unusual to find graveyards,” she said.

Yakubik confirmed that a total of 15 coffins were removed from the north rampart site. She said it’s where the colony’s first cemetery was located, pre-dating the City of New Orleans.

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