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Ancient Pottery Found in New Orleans

Monday, February 25, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, archaeologists are investigating potentially historic properties and public lands so that homeowners can use federal funds raise and protect their homes from future storms. So far, they have uncovered pottery made between 300 and 400 A.D. at a site known as Old Spanish Fort, and what is left of a shell midden. “I don’t think any of us even knew there was a shell midden there originally. And to realize that so much of it was still undisturbed … the fact that the fort was there has preserved it all these years,” said state archaeologist Chip McGimsey.