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Part of Adams County industrial land prime archaeological site
from Staff Reports - NEWS
January 17, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – A part of county-owned property intended for industrial development is considered a prime archaeological site once occupied by French-held slaves.

Several acres of what used to be the International Paper plant was a farm dating back to the 1700s, said Joe Frank, a member of the Natchez Preservation Commission who does archaeological studies in the area.

Frank met Tuesday with the Adams County Board of Supervisors. He pointed to a section of the 478-acre industrial property where evidence shows could have been the site of slave quarters for a farm that French settlers cultivated when they occupied the area.

He and county supervisors discussed the prospect of the small tract being set aside for preservation. A representative of The Archaeological Conservancy was scheduled to attend Tuesday’s meeting but did not appear.

The Archaeological Conservancy is a national group dedicated to acquiring and preserving sites with significant remains of past civilizations. Frank noted he was not representing the conservancy, but he wanted to ensure the county board knew the archaeological importance of the slice of land on the 478-acre property.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors in 2013 purchased for $9 million the sprawling acreage on Lower Woodville Road to lure new industries there. Two businesses and an electric utility so far have acquired part of the land to develop. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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