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French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean$
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Kenneth G. Kelly and Meredith D. Hardy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036809

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036809.001.0001

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The Moran Site (22HR511)

The Moran Site (22HR511)

An Early-Eighteenth-Century French Colonial Cemetery in Nouveau Biloxi, Mississippi

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(p.64) 5 The Moran Site (22HR511)
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French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean
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KENNETH G. KELLY

MEREDITH D. HARDY

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036809.003.0005

For the years 1720 to 1722, Biloxi, Mississippi served as a staging area for thousands of European immigrants brought to settle the Louisiana colony by John Law and The Company of the West. Many died of malnutrition and infectious disease awaiting transport to concessions inland, and a bioarchaeological analysis of the remains of 30 individuals from this period, recovered at the Moran site, provides insight into this lesser-known part of French colonial history. Initial analysis shows the demographic composition to be overwhelmingly young adult males of European ancestry. The lower class status of the immigrants is reflected in the generally short stature and evidence of frequent growth disruption, but other pathologies are few, which is expected given the relatively sudden deaths of most. These results provide strong corroboration for the ethnohistorical record.

Keywords:   Biloxi, bioarchaeology, Moran Site, health patterns

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