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Sharing the Sweet Life: Public Archaeology in practice at a historic Louisiana sugar mill

Author(s): Matt McGraw ; Rebecca McLain ; Beverly Clement

Year: 2014

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Summary

The LSU Rural Life Museum conducted Phase III data recovery excavations at the sugar mill portion of the Chatsworth Plantation site (16EBR192) now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from January to June 2013. Chatsworth Plantation existed as a sugar producer along the banks of the Mississippi River from the 1840s until the property was sold at a Sheriff’s sale in 1928. The purpose of this poster is to demonstrate the efforts made by the project team to engage the public with historic archaeology. The Chatsworth Plantation project that includes cultural resource management (CRM), academic, and museum archaeology creates an opportunity for a mixture of ways to engage the public. As excavations and research continue, efforts to develop relationships with the community have, and will continue to include: a Facebook page, field school student blog, site tours, museum displays, newspaper articles, and television reports.


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Sharing the Sweet Life: Public Archaeology in practice at a historic Louisiana sugar mill. Matt McGraw, Rebecca McLain, Beverly Clement. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437430)


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PaperId(s): POS-99,19

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America