Archeologists have discovered the remains of a 19th-century quarantine hospital and cemetery at a submerged island at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, the National Park Service (NPS) announced in a press release last week.
In 2016, maritime archeologist Joshua Marano spotted a unique L-shaped pattern while flying over the Gulf of Mexico near the national park, according to The Washington Post. After some initial research, Marano learned there was a cemetery for soldiers and a quarantine hospital on the submerged island. Six years after locating the pattern, Marano and a team of archeologists and students conducted a survey of the site.
“The very first thing we came across was a single post,” Marano said. “Basically like a pipe sticking out of the sand. Nothing around it.
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