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Breaking Ground: A Conversation on French Colonial-Era Archaeological Sites in New Orleans

On Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m., join archaeologist Ryan Gray and historian Erin Greenwald for a conversation on the state of colonial-era archaeology in New Orleans. Gray, who has worked on sites as varied as New Orleans’s first cemetery and the Storyville red-light district, will share insights on how archaeology informs our understanding of the city’s diverse early inhabitants.

The program will also explore how scientific analysis of organic materials, including faunal remains and ceramics, offers new perspectives on colonial-era trading networks and human impacts on the environment.

Register now to participate via Zoom here.

This program is presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans with funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the agency’s Night of Ideas 2021 partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Additional support provided by WWNO 89.9 FM-New Orleans Public Radio.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

IMAGE: Ceramic fragments and a glass wine bottle excavated from several colonial-era sites in the New Orleans French Quarter.