New Orleans' first burial ground rediscovered
When New Orleans was founded in 1718, planners and builders had to come up with creative ways to deal with the extremely low setting of city-adjacent to the Mississippi River but below sea level. Many visitors are familiar with the historic St. Louis Cemeteries #1 and #2, with their elaborate above-ground tombs and burial vaults. Recently, an earlier cemetery was rediscovered by archaeologists on St. Peter Street.
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson
New Orleans Public Radio
October 6, 2016