Archaeological Expedition of the New Acadia Project Begins
The Summer 2014 NAP Archaeological Expedition made a gradual start, with fieldwork delayed for several days by thunderstorms, torrential rains, and flooding in surrounding communities. Time spent in the Archaeology Lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was used to prepare for fieldwork, including a project orientation, organization of equipment and supplies, and completion of required paperwork. On Friday, May 30, the field crew traveled to the Village of Loreauville and began fieldwork.
|The small but intrepid survey crew of the NAP Summer 2014 Archaeological Expedition|
makes its way into the field: Maegan and Christian in Loreauville.
|A view of the Bayou Teche, looking towards Loreauville.|
|Live Oaks on the Teche Ridge.|
|Maegan collects remote sensing data with a portable Cesium Magnetometer.|
Two abandoned historic cemeteries have also been identified through ethnographic interviews as high priority areas for archaeological and historical investigation.
Are there earlier, yet unmarked graves at these little known places?
The search for New Acadia will continue in the coming weeks. Updates will be made here when available and as time allows.
All of the places of interest and sites mentioned here are located on privately-owned property for which trespassing is illegal. It is also a violation of State law to excavate or disturb human burials, whether in marked cemeteries or unmarked graves. The research described here is made possible only with the permission and generosity of the land owners.
The New Acadia Project is being funded through private and public donations, made possible by the fundraising efforts of the NAP Steering Committee, the Famille Beausoleil Association, and Acadian Heritage and Culture Foundation, Inc. Additional support is needed for equipment and staff. You can support the New Acadia Project by contacting the Acadian Heritage and Culture Foundation, Inc. at the Acadian Museum or the New Acadia Project Fund at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation.