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Biloxi in Harrison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Archaeological Findings

 
 
Archaeological Findings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Archaeological Findings Marker
Inscription. Sadly, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated the Moran Art Studio, but it did allow exploration of the rest of the site. Faculty and students from the University of Southern Mississippi conducted archaeological excavations from 2005 until 2012. In addition to the original twelve, 20 more burials were found, bringing the total number to 32. Most of the individuals interred were young adult males, with no juveniles and only two females present. Two of the individuals were buried in coffins, the rest being buried in shrouds. Few grave goods were recovered; most likely clothing and other possessions were passed on to the living. A humble crucifix of a design seen throughout the New France colonies was found with one young male.

Their skeletal remains tell the story of the harsh conditions in which their childhoods were spent, as evidenced by their generally short stature (5'4" average for males, 5'0" for females) as well as lesions on their teeth and long bones caused by repeated growth disruptions. One individual also showed signs of rickets. Surprisingly, indications of trauma were relatively infrequent. The causes of death, however, could not be determined. Malnutrition and disease likely took them before there was time for any effects to be "recorded" on their bones.

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Middle photos: Archaeology
Archaeological Findings Marker in foreground with Weeping Angel statue in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. Archaeological Findings Marker in foreground with Weeping Angel statue in background.
students from the University of Southern Mississippi carefully excavate settlers' remains from the site.
Bottom drawing: Layout of remains exhumed from the Moran Site from 2005-2012 by University of Southern Mississippi students.
 
Location. 30° 23.717′ N, 88° 54.093′ W. Marker is in Biloxi, Mississippi, in Harrison County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Porter Avenue and Beach Boulevard (Highway 90). Touch for map. Located within the memorial garden area of the Biloxi Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. French Colonial Memorial Garden (here, next to this marker); The Memorial Garden (a few steps from this marker); The Moran Site History (a few steps from this marker); Moran Site (a few steps from this marker); Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Evolution of Biloxi Tourism (within shouting distance of this marker); Biloxi Lighthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Biloxi.
 
Categories. AnthropologyCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Drawing from marker showing layout of remains exhumed. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. Drawing from marker showing layout of remains exhumed.
Also photo of French crucifix found among remains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 195 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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