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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Shannon Lee Dawdy (Project Director: November 2008 to July 2013)

Collaborative Research
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$230,000 (approved)
$230,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 6/30/2012

The Roots of Creole New Orleans: Archaeological Investigations at St. Louis Cathedral and Ursuline Convent

Investigation of the interactions among Native Americans, French colonists, and African Americans in colonial period New Orleans through archaeological excavations of the gardens associated with St. Louis Cathedral and the Ursuline Convent. (36 months)

Funding is requested to support a 3-year archaeological research project to investigate the French colonial foundations of New Orleans at two of its most significant historic complexes, St. Louis Cathedral and Ursuline Convent. The proposed work will extend excavations begun in the garden behind the cathedral in 2008 and incorporate the findings into a broader comparative framework that includes new fieldwork at the nearby Ursuline Convent Garden as well as specialized laboratory analyses. The study addresses how African, Native American, and European residents were exchanging knowledge and practices related to architecture, agriculture, cuisine, and medicine, and how these material practices contributed to the creation of New Orleans' unique creole culture. This project represents the first multi-site archaeological research program undertaken in the French Quarter.