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HUNT FOR DE SOTO'S CROSS

Wood found in Arkansas thought to be remains of cross left in 1540s

Researcher hopes tests tell tale of explorer's visit

By Kenneth Heard

This article was originally published April 23, 2016 at 5:45 a.m. Updated April 25, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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Site archaeologist Jeffery Mitchem of the Arkansas Archeological Survey points to the pattern of a posthole at the spot in Parkin Archeological State Park where a team found a large wooden post in 1966.

Archaeologist Jeffery Mitchem holds baldcypress fragments that researchers believe are from the cross.



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Archaeologists unearthed what they believe are remains of a large wooden Christian cross Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto placed atop a hill in 1541 at what is now part of Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County.

Archaeologist Jeffery Mitchem holds baldcypress fragments that researchers believe are from the cross.



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