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Archeologists unearth small copper crucifix believed to be from 1620s

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FERRYLAND, N.L. - Archaeologists at the Colony of Avalon in eastern Newfoundland say they have unearthed a small copper crucifix that dates back to 1620s.

Dr. Barry Gaulton says the discovery is an exceptional find and marks the first unequivocally Catholic artifact found in Ferryland from that era.

The crucifix is 2.8 cm wide and shows a simple representation of Christ on the front and the Virgin Mary and Christ Child on the back.

The crucifix was amongst a collection of ceramics, bones, nails and building debris associated with the construction of a large stone dwelling built for Sir George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore in Ferryland.

Construction on the building started in the European settlement sometime after 1623 and was completed before Calvert arrived in 1628.

Researchers say the crucifix could have belonged to one of the craftsman working on Calvert's house or possibly Calvert himself.

(VOCM)

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