Digging Into French Colonial St. Louis

Author(s): Deseray Helton; Michael J. Meyer; Sue Olson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "POSTER Session 2: Linking Historic Documents and Background Research in Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

                 Beginning in 2013, the Missouri Department of Transportation began conducting archaeological investigations for proposed highway improvements in downtown St. Louis. Known now as the Poplar Street Bridge Project, these ongoing investigations encompass the Madam Haycraft (23SL2334), Louis Beaudoin (23SL2369), Berger (23SL2402), and Fifi (23SL2385) sites. Excavations and

analysis of artifacts found at these sites have continued to expose aspects of

St. Louis’ history dating as far back as the original French settlement of the

area in the 1760s, and perhaps even before. In addition to remnants of six poteaux-en-terre buildings, excavation has revealed a number of additional features including cellars, earthen ovens, and refuse pits. The information shown here is an attempt to represent the variety of 18th-century pit features discovered and what this variety means for the archaeology of French colonial sites in the Midwest.

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Digging Into French Colonial St. Louis. Deseray Helton, Michael J. Meyer, Sue Olson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449178)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 177