Louisiana Archaeology Month 2013
 

Northwest Region

Northwest regionNorthwest Louisiana's rich environment has attracted people for thousands of years. Evidence of human occupation in the form of archaeological sites ranges from the earliest inhabitants of the southeastern U.S. to European colonization and the establishment of plantations along Red River, Cane River, Bayou Rapides, and Bayou Boeuf. This region enjoys special importance because it was home to the Caddo Indians. Archaeologists have learned that the Caddos lived in villages spread out along the Red and Sabine rivers and their tributaries. They grew maize and other crops, and they hunted, fished, and gathered wild plants.


BOSSIER CITY
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Talk : Archaeology and Preservation in Cemeteries
Event Leader: Curtis Deselles, National Center for Preservation Technology
Time: 6:30 pm
Sponsor: Bossier Parish Libraries
Location: Bossier Parish Library Historical Center meeting room
Bossier Parish Library Historical Center
2206 Beckett St.
Admission: Free
Contact: Pam Carlisle - (318) 746-7717
Note: Call Pam at 318-746-7717 for additional information.
LEESVILLE
Monday, October 28, 2013
Talk : San Patrice Var. Keithville and What It Indicates
Event Leader: Jim Morehead
Time: 6:00 pm
Sponsor: West Louisiana Archaeology Club
Location: Vernon Parish Library
1401 Nolan Trace
Admission: Free
Contact: Johnny Guy - (337) 718-2026 or (337) 238-3277
MANSFIELD
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Talk, Tour, Exhibit : Dirt, Iron, and History: Civil War Archeology
Event Leader: Michael Mumaugh
Time: 11:00 am
Sponsor: Mansfield State Historic Site
Location: Mansfield Visitor's Center
15149 Highway 175
Admission: Regular Park Admission fees.
Contact: Michael Mumaugh - (319) 872-1474
Note: This will be an hour long program focusing on Civil War artifacts and preservation. The program will include an artifact display (from our collection) along with a talk on the importance of preserving these artifacts, and the sites in which they are recovered. The program will also include a tour of the museum to illustrate how artifact preservation along with interpretation, provides a great understanding of our collective past.
NATCHITOCHES
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Tour : Historic Walk
Event Leader: Staff
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsor: Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Location: Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
155 Rue Jefferson
Admission: $10.00
Contact: (888) 677-7853 or 357-7002 locally
Note: Site staff will take a walk with points of interest within the park and along a designated path where 18th- century colonial families lived. Call for more information.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Artifact ID, Exhibit, Film, Hands-on Activity : Identification of Pottery Types in the Natchitoches Area
Event Leader: Tad Britt, Jeff Girard, Pete Gregory, Tommy Hailey and Curtis Dessells
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsor: NCPTT and Northwestern State University
Location: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)
645 University Parkway
Admission: Free
Contact: Tad Britt - (318) 521-5641
Note: Archaeologists will be available to examine and identify ceramic artifacts. The public can visit each table and have their prehistoric and historic ceramic vessels/sherds identified. Also, two ceramic artists will demonstrate Native American pottery-techniques.
TIOGA
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Talk, Artifact ID, Exhibit, Demonstration, , Hands-on Activity : Artifact Displays, Flintknapping, Indian Dancing, Storytelling, Bow and Pump Drilling, and Blowgun Demonstration
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sponsor: CLAC and Tioga High Archaeology Clubs
Location: Tioga High School
1207 Tioga Road
Admission: Free
Contact: Nancy Affeltranger - (318) 640-9258
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Talk, Artifact ID, Exhibit, Demonstration, , Hands-on Activity : Native American Ceremonial Centers of Louisiana
Event Leader: Jeff Girard
Time: 1:00 pm
Sponsor: CLAC and Tioga High Archaeology Clubs
Location: Tioga High School
1207 Tioga Road
Admission: Free
Contact: Nancy Affeltranger - (318) 640-9258
Louisiana Archaeology Month 2013
 

Northeast Region

Northeast RegionThe northeast region possesses the best-preserved examples of earthen mound sites in Louisiana. Archaeologists have documented the emergence and elaboration of an earthen architecture tradition dating back more than 5,500 years and continuing sporadically until the arrival of the Spanish. People who constructed the large-scale earthworks at Watson Brake (ca. 5,000 years ago), Poverty Point (ca. 3,500 years ago), Marsden (ca. 2,000 years ago) and Troyville (ca. 1,500 years ago) relied on the rich and diverse environment of northeast Louisiana. They hunted, fished and gathered their food, and it was only within the past 1,000 years that people here began using agricultural plants.


LAKE PROVIDENCE
Tuesday, October 1 to Thursday, October 31, 2013     *Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Exhibit : Poverty Point
Event Leader: Edith Riddle
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sponsor: Doorway to Louisiana, Inc.
Location: Byerley House Visitor's Center
600 Lake Street
Admission: Free
Contact: Betty Reed - (318) 559-5125
MONROE
Wednesday, October 16 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013     *Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Exhibit : Poverty Point
Event Leader: Cyndy Robertson
Time: Mon - Thurs 7:30 am - 5:00 pm; Fri 7:30 - 11:30 am
Sponsor: ULM University Library, Special Collections Dept.
Location: University Library, Special Collections
5th Floor Passman, Room 502
4100 Northeast Drive, ULM
Admission: Free
Contact: Cyndy Robertson - (318) 342-1054
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Talk : An "F" in Mound Construction? Results of Recent Work at Poverty Point
Event Leader: Diana Greenlee
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sponsor: ULM Universtiy Library, Special Collections Dept; NELAS; APP
Location: University Library, Special Collections
5th Floor Passman, Room 502
4100 Northeast Drive, ULM
Admission: Free
Contact: Cyndy Robertson - (318) 342-1054
OAK GROVE
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Talk : The Archaeology of Poverty Point
Event Leader: Diana Greenlee
Time: 3:30 pm
Sponsor: West Carroll Parish Library
Location: West Carroll Parish Library
101 Marietta Street
Admission: Free
Contact: Janet Franklin - (318) 428-2697
PIONEER
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Demonstration : Ancient Tools
Event Leader: Interpretive Ranger
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sponsor: Poverty Point State Historic Site
Location: Poverty Point State Historic Site
6859 Highway 577
Admission: $4.00 per adult (ages 13-61), free otherwise
Contact: Jenn Menge - (318) 926-5492
Note: Rangers will demonstrate the tools used by the ancient inhabitants to build, hunt with, and create other articles used in their culture. Rangers will also answer questions about the origins and making of the ancient tools. Call for more information.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Demonstration : Earth Oven Cooking Demonstration
Event Leader: Jenn Menge
Time: 12:00 pm
Sponsor: Poverty Point State Historic Site
Location: Poverty Point State Historic Site
6859 Highway 577
Admission: $4.00 per adult (ages 13-61), free otherwise
Contact: Jenn Menge - (318) 926-5492
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tour : Full Moon Hike
Event Leader: Jenn Menge
Time: 6:30 pm
Sponsor: Poverty Point State Historic Site
Location: Poverty Point State Historic Site
6859 Highway 577
Admission: $4.00 per adult (ages 13-61), free otherwise
Contact: Jenn Menge - (318) 926-5492
Louisiana Archaeology Month 2013
 

Southwest Region

Southwest RegionSouthwest Louisiana's diversity ranges from the Atchafalaya Basin to the coast, across the flat prairies to the rolling hills of central Louisiana. Native American peoples lived in small groups that moved seasonally to take advantage of different foods. Over time, communities established more permanent residences along streams and bayous. French and Spanish explorers followed many of the well-established water routes used by Native Americans. Later, Acadian settlers built homes and towns, often in the places previously occupied by Chitimacha and Atakapa villages. The Civil War significantly impacted the people in this region and numerous military sites exist. Today, many archaeological sites have been destroyed due to a growing population.


MARKSVILLE
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Tour, Demonstration : Prehistoric Mound Tour
Event Leader: Site Manager Doyle Jennings
Time: 10:00 am and noon
Sponsor: Marksville State Historic Site
Location: Marksville State Historic Site
837 Martin Luther King Drive
Admission: $4 per person; free for seniors (62 and over) and for children age 12 and under
Contact: (888) 253-8954 toll free or 253-8954 locally
Note: Site manager, Doyle Jennings, will conduct tours of the prehistoric mounds and demonstrations of the area and daily tasks. The Marksville mound site was an important American Indian ceremonial center over 2,000 years ago, established sometime around 100 B.C. by the Hopewell Indian culture and extended until approximately 430 A.D. Call for more information.
NEW IBERIA
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Talk : Archaeology and the Search for New Acadia
Event Leader: Mark A. Rees, Ph.D.
Time: 6:00 pm
Sponsor: Iberia Parish Library
Location: Parkview Branch
500 Grand Pre Blvd.
Admission: Free
Contact: Thomas Gotte - (337) 364-7480
ST. MARTINVILLE
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Demonstration, Hands-on Activity : Bushman Craft
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sponsor: Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
Location: Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
1200 N. Main Street
Admission: $4 per person; free for seniors (62 and over) and for children age 12 and under
Contact: (888) 677-2900 toll free or 394-3754 locally
Note: Participants will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Native Americans and pioneers who called Louisiana home. Through hands-on demonstrations of bush craft skills such as fire building, tanning, camp cooking, and primitive tool usage, participants will learn practical skills while simultaneously learning the intricacies of shared histories. Call for more information.
Louisiana Archaeology Month 2013
 

Southeast Region

Southeast RegionSoutheastern Louisiana can be seen as a complex region due to changes in the sea level, the shifting delta plains of the Mississippi River, and the diverse groups of people who have settled there over time. This region contains a wide range of sites, Indian village sites, colonial sites, Civil War military sites, and industrial and modern sites dating after 1890. More than 2500 sites have already been recorded in the region, and with the rapid rate of population growth and construction in the area, more sites are being discovered and knowledge about them is increasing.


BATON ROUGE
Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2013
Conference : South Central Historical Archaeology Conference
Event Leader: Dennis Jones
Time: begins Fri at 5:00 pm, ends Sun at 10:00 am
Sponsor: South Central Historical Archaeology Conference
Location: LSU Rural Life Museum
2650 Essen Lane
Admission: Call for Information
Contact: Dennis Jones - (225) 765-2437
Note: The 15th annual meeting of the South Central Historical Archeology Conference (SCHAC) will be held October 4-6, 2013 at LSU Rural Life Museum, hosted by the LSU Rural Life Museum (http://appl027.lsu.edu/rlm/rurallifeweb.nsf/index). We plan to have a Friday night reception, with Saturday paper and poster presentations, and an optional tour on Sunday. Accommodations for the meeting can be secured at the SpringHill Suites, 7979 Essen Park, in Baton Rouge across from the entrance of the Rural Life Museum. A block rooms is reserved for the event, and to make a reservation call (225)-766-0797 and mention LSU Rural Life Museum for a rate of $96/night King or Queen Suite. Your stay includes a complimentary breakfast buffet. To make a reservation online, go to http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/btrsh-springhill-suites-baton-rouge-south/ and be sure to mention LSU Rural Life Museum to get the discounted rate. Please contact the program chair, Dennis Jones archaeoman.jones@gmail.com, or Julie Doucet jdouce6@tigers.lsu.edu, or Sara Hahn shahn@coastalenv.com for more information.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Tour : Public Tour of Chatsworth Plantation Quarters
Event Leader: Dennis Jones
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sponsor: LSU Rural Life Museum
Location: Chatsworth Plantation
777 L'auberge Avenue
Admission: Free
Contact: Dennis Jones - (225) 765-2437
Note: The Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum will hold a public tour of the Chatsworth Plantation quarters area, led by archaeological principal investigator Dennis Jones. This project is a collaboration between academia (LSU Rural Life Museum) and industry (PNK Entertainment Co.), employing cultural resource management (CRM) personnel. This is a 2-yr project and included investigations at the plantation sugarmill and quarters area to satisfy Section 106 requirements. The project employs undergraduate and graduate students from Louisiana State University, as well as CRM archaeologists. Guests will park at the L'auberge Casino and Hotel, located at 777 L'auberge Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70820, where vans will leave every 1/2 hour for a guided tour of the site and excavations currently underway. Please visit the project Facebook page for more information on the site as well as the project: LSU Rural Life Museum Archaeology Lab.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013     *All are welcome
Talk : Work as an Archaeologist
Event Leader: Julie Doucet
Time: 7:00 pm
Sponsor: Louisiana Archaeological Society, Baton Rouge Chapter
Location: Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Admission: Free
Contact: Julie Doucet - (225) 202-1794
Note: The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Archaeological Society meets regularly on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, except for the months of February (annual meeting month), November, and December (holiday party month).
GALVEZ
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Talk : Chatsworth Plantation Archaeological Excavations
Event Leader: Julie Doucet, Archaeological Consultant
Time: 6:30 pm
Sponsor: Ascension Parish Library
Location: Ascension Parish Library
40300 Highway 42
Admission: Free
Contact: Chriselle Henry - (225) 647-3955
Note: Please register in advance by calling Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at(225) 622-3339.
JACKSON
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tour, Hands-on Activity : Surface Collection of Artifacts
Event Leader: Daniel Goyer
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sponsor: Louisiana Office of State Parks
Location: Centenary State Historic Site
3522 College Street
Admission: $4.00/Ages 13-61, Free for children and seniors
Contact: Daniel Goyer - (888) 677-2364
Note: There will be quite a bit of walking in areas without improved trails and the ground may be uneven.This will be an outdoor program and is dependant upon the weather.
MANDEVILLE
Friday, October 4, 2013     *also on 10/18/2013 and 10/25/2013
Tour : Fontainebleau's History
Event Leader: Steven Welch
Time: 5:00 pm
Sponsor: Fontainebleau State Park
Location: Fontainebleau State Park
62883 Hwy 1089
Admission: $2 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under
Contact: Steven Welch - (985) 624-4443
Sunday, October 13, 2013     *also on 10/20/2013
Tour : Sugar Mill History Tour
Event Leader: Richard Scott
Time: 10:00 am
Sponsor: Fontainebleau State Park
Location: Fontainebleau State Park
62883 Hwy 1089
Admission: $2 per person; Free for Seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under
Contact: Richard Scott - (985) 624-4443
Note: Join a park ranger at the Visitor Center and tour around the Marigny Sugar Mill ruins.
NEW ORLEANS
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Talk, Exhibit, Live Music Performance : Storyville Uncovered
Event Leader: Bruce Barnes, NPS
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sponsor: National Park Service, Jazz National Historical Park
Location: Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue
Admission: Free
Contact: Ryan Gray - (504) 280-1072
Note: Ryan Gray and other speakers will address the archaeology and history of Storyville and the Iberville Housing Project area. This will be followed by Tom McDermott and Aurora Neiland leading a band in a performance of music from the era of Storyville.For more information, go to: http://www.nps.gov/jazz/planyourvisit/events.htm
Friday, October 4 to Friday, October 25, 2013     *Fridays during October
Hands-on Activity : Open Lab Days at the UNO Archaeology Lab
Event Leader: D. Ryan Gray
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Sponsor: UNO Department of Anthropology
Location: University of New Orleans campus
UNO Department of Anthropology
2000 Lakeshore Drive
Admission: Free
Contact: Ryan Gray - (256) 394-1872; drgray1@uno.edu
Note: The public is invited to help process historic artifacts from sites in New Orleans in the University of New Orleans archaeology lab. Come help wash and label artifacts, and learn about the material culture of the 18th and 19th centuries in the process! Email Dr. Gray to schedule volunteer times in the lab.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Exhibit, Guest Exhibit Display : Where the Dead Live
Event Leader: Joseph Yarbrough
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sponsor: Office of State Parks
Location: Fort Pike State Historic Site
27100 Chef Menteur Hwy
Admission: Fort Pike admission $4/person, children 12 and under and seniors free
Contact: Victoria Baiamonte - (504) 255-9171
Note: This will be an all day guest presentation of archeological findings from cemetaries in the GNO. Burials in these cemetaries occured in the same time period Fort Pike was used as an active artillery installation.
ST. FRANCISVILLE
Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6, 2013
Demonstration, Revolutionary War Reenactment/Living History : Baton Rouge 1779
Event Leader: Audubon State Historic Site
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sponsor: Louisiana Office of State Parks
Location: Audubon State Historic Site
11788 La. Hwy 965
Admission: $4.00 everyone over 6 years old, Oakley House tour fees are extra.
Contact: Daniel Wilcox - (225) 635-3739
Note: Experience the American Revolution and celebrate fall in the Felicianas during Baton Rouge 1779 at Audubon State Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 5th from 10 AM until 4 PM, and Sunday Oct. 6th from 10 AM until 2 PM. Explore Louisiana's role in the revolution and the 234th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War siege and battle for Baton Rouge through Living History Demonstrations. Special activities include drills , musket ball-making demonstrations, cannon firing, blacksmithing, and a small reenactment of the battle. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the galleries of Oakley House. At 10:30 on Saturday the Caledonian Fife and Drum group will be performing as will the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society at 11:30.

"This program is the largest Revolutionary War program in Louisiana and represents a turning point in history," says John House, site manager. "It also gives the visitor a chance to experience the past as their ancestors did long ago."

Audubon State Historic Site is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, historic buildings, pavilion and nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Admission for the Oakley House Tour and Grounds is $8 for adults (age 18-61); $6 for senior citizens (age 62 and over), $4 for students (age 6-17), and free for children, (age 5 and under). Grounds-Only Admission is $4 per person (ages 6 and over) and free for children (age 5 and under).Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. For more information, call 888.677.2838 toll free or 635.3739 in the St. Francisville area.