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Updated: 03/07/2018 09:42:02PM

‘Globally significant’ discovery

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Nicole Grinnan makes a measurement at the 7,000-year-old Native American archaeological site found in the Gulf of Mexico, off Manasota Key, in this undated photo.

By STEVE REILLY

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Beneath 21 feet of seawater and 350 yards off the beach of Manasota Key, state archaeologists are exploring a preserved burial site, bit by tiny bit.

In what National Geographic Magazine is calling an “unprecedented” find, scientists are working to coax clues out of the skeletal remains of at least six people who lived near here and were carefully buried in a shallow pond 7,200 years ago.

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