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Breaking Ground

A conversation on French colonial-era archaeological sites in New Orleans

On March 11, 2021, archaeologist Ryan Gray and historian Erin Greenwald discussed 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, shared insights on how archaeology informs our understanding of the city’s diverse early inhabitants. The program also explored how scientific analysis of organic materials, including animal remains and ceramics, offers new perspectives on colonial-era trading networks and human impacts on the environment.

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.