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‘Unprecedented’ indian cemetery, discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida

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Old indian cemetery, found a place off coast of Florida

A Native American burial site has been found underwater off the coast of Florida. Researchers say that it’s been 7,000 years.

An indian cemetery is hidden for 7,000 years under the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida has unearthed what archaeologists are calling an “unprecedented” discovery.

Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, said in a press release on Wednesday, the unmarked site in the vicinity of Venice, which measures approximately 0.75 acres, was first discovered by a diver in June 2016, which are then reported as possible human remains on the continental shelf to the Bureau of Archaeological Research.

One of the rings unearthed at Manasota Key Offshore turned out to be a notch in the length. It is not yet known what the notch is for.

(Ivor Mollema, Florida Department of State)

“Our dedicated team of underwater archaeologists has done an incredible job of documenting and examining the Manasota Key Offshore archaeological site, and I am extremely proud of the work,” Detzner said in a statement. “Our hope is that this discovery leads to more knowledge and a better understanding of Florida’s early peoples.”

The website is kept in what seems to be a “peat soil, fresh water pond” from thousands of years ago, according to the press release.

FPAN partner, Nicole Grinnan, measure the test unit depth using a laser-level and folding ruler.

(Ivor Mollema, Florida Department of State)

Researchers believe in that period, when sea levels were lower, the indigenous people of Florida buried their family members on the site. If the sea level eventually rose, the pond was covered by the Gulf of Mexico, but the peat soil of the pond have remained intact.

“Turf slows down the process of biological decay, which is allowed the site to remain well-preserved,” state officials said.

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The find of the coast of Florida is important, because the only known examples of floating offshore prehistoric cemeteries located in Israel and Denmark, according to researchers.

“The sight of a 7000-year-old site that is so well preserved, in the Gulf of Mexico is awe-inspiring. We are truly humbled by this experience,” said Dr. Ryan Duggins, an underwater archaeology supervisor for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research.

An archaeologist uses a grid map of a portion of the test unit.

(Ivor Mollema, Florida Department of State)

“It is important to remember that this is a cemetery and should be treated with the utmost respect. We now know that this type of site exists on the continental shelf. This will forever change the way we approach offshore archaeology,” he added.

State officials said they are now trying to figure out how best to manage the site and protect it for generations to come.

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“Just as important as the site is archaeological, it is of crucial importance that the website and the people who are buried there are treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect,” said Dr. Timothy Parsons, the director of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources. “The people buried on the site are the ancestors of America’s living indigenous peoples. Sites like this are cultural and religious significance in the present.”

While the site is accessible in the Gulf of Mexico, state officials warned that one of the first-degree felony in Florida to remove artifacts from an archaeological site without consent, and a third degree felony to disturb or vandalize an unmarked human burial.

The site is also monitored by the enforcement of the law and suspicious or unusual activity will be reported,” said the official.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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