Archaeology Scholars Present Seminar in St. Tammany Parish.
Louisiana Archaeology Week, September 28 through October 5, is being
celebrated in St. Tammany Parish with several outstanding events produced by
local organizations, museums and Southeastern Louisiana University.
Starting on Saturday, September 28 during the Wooden Boat Festival in
Madisonville, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will host
presentations sponsored by the Lake Maurepas Society, SLU, the Lacombe
Heritage Center, and the St. Tammany Historical Society.
At noon a tour of the museum and the new exhibits will be conducted by
creative designer Dave Carambat, followed at one o'clock with a presentation
on First Americans by Rob Mann Ph. D., Regional Archaeologist for the State
of Louisiana. At 2 p.m., Tom Aicklen, Coordinator of the Lacombe Heritage
Center, presents a preview of "Colonial Exploration and Colonization along
the Northshore by French Canadians Iberville and Bienville in 1699." The
Archaeological Division of the Lacombe Heritage Center will display
pre-Colombian and colonial era artifacts.
On Sunday, September 29 at 12 noon Al Dranquet Ph. D. of SLU presents
"Logging and Schooner Construction in the Pontchartrain Basin;" at 1 p.m. the
publisher of the magazine "Lake Pontchartrain and Beyond," Judy Darby
discusses the contemporary recreational potential of the basin. At 2 p.m.,
Ben Taylor, Director of the Lake Maurepas Society outlines the problems
associated with historic preservation of lighthouses in the basin. And at 3
p.m. Tom Aicklen, Coordinator of the Lacombe Heritage Center will present
stories of the colonial period of French, Spanish, and British contact with
First American nations in the West Florida Parishes.
A highlight of Louisiana Archaeology Week will be on Saturday, October 5 when
a coalition of the St. Tammany Historical Society, the Lacombe Heritage
Center, Southeast Louisiana University, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
Maritime Museum presents a seminar on "Colonial Shipwrecks along the Gulf
Coast," at the museum in Madisonville.
"This seminar is regarded as one of the most informative, entertaining, and
significant programs on historic maritime archaeology ever presented on the
north side of Lake Pontchartrain," said Tom Aicklen, coordinator of the
Lacombe Heritage Center "This fascinating program explores four colonial
shipwrecks from Texas to Florida presented by the archaeologists who were
instrumental in their research and recovery."
Dr. John Bratten of the Archaeological Institute at the University of West
Florida will examine the oldest shipwreck in Florida, a Spanish galleon that
was part of the Tristan de Luna expedition sunk off Pensacola in 1559, and
the Santa Rosa Island shipwreck.
Dr. Paul Hoffman of the History Department at LSU in Baton Rouge will present
interesting details on the Spanish treasure ship El Nuevo Constante sunk off
the Louisiana coast by a hurricane in 1766.
Dr. Jim Bruseth, who serves as Director of the Archaeology Division at the
Texas Historical Commission, discusses the La Belle project. He was the
project director for the excavation and analysis of La Salle's ill-fated
ship, La Belle, wrecked 1686 in Matagorda Bay, Texas. Jim is a native of
Slidell and a graduate of the University of New Orleans with an M.A. and Ph.
D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University.
Dale Smith of the St. Tammany Historical Society said, "I assure our members,
and the general public that the quality of this program will be an enjoyment,
well worth their time. Each speaker will show visuals and display exhibits to
accompany their presentations."
Roy Blackwood of SLU stated, "We are most fortunate to have our university
colleagues and archaeological scholars of this caliber appear in St. Tammany
Parish. The Maritime Museum is pleased to be host for this important
Aicklen added, "Although this program is part of Louisiana Archaeology Week,
it is not limited to just archaeology buffs. It offers much of interest to
anyone interested in the history of the area or the tourist looking for
Cost of the seminar, which includes a catered lunch and tour of the museum,
is $25 for the general public. Members of the maritime museum, the Lacombe
Heritage Center, the St. Tammany Historical Society, the Southeast Louisiana
Historical Association, university students with ID, and other historical and
archaeological organization members are just $20. $25 at the door. For
reservations and information call the museum at (985) 845-9200, or the
Lacombe Heritage Center (985) 882-7218. Checks may be sent to St. Tammany
Historical Society, 201 Place du Chene, Mandeville, LA 70471.