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The Center for Archaeology operates within the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University, providing workspace, funding and equipment for processing and studying archaeological materials, and storage space for archaeological collections and archives. Our facilities include comparative collections of prehistoric and historic North American artifacts and a text and map library. The Center for Archaeology houses laboratory space and the equipment and reference material necessary for processing and analysis of archaeological materials. We help to provide equipment and facilities to students and faculty for archaeological fieldwork and laboratory work, including drafting, photography and computer applications such as computer-aided drafting and data storage and retrieval. Our computer-cataloging program was re-written in 1996 to allow enhanced data storage and retrieval, and complex file manipulation. Our laboratory also houses the Anthropology Department’s video production computer workstation, which is used by our students to produce and edit graphics for original anthropological fieldwork.

The mission of the Center for Archaeology is to promote archaeological research at Tulane University, and to enhance public and professional understanding of that work. The Center has an operating budget that is used to support archaeological field research, to maintain archaeological teaching collections, and to sponsor a Distinguished Lecture Series. The Center for Archaeology also publishes an Archaeological Reports series. One of the major functions of the Center is the logistical support of graduate student research projects, providing equipment, facilities and funding for field and laboratory work. Ongoing sponsorship of graduate student research will help to insure that the Center continues to be one of the preeminent centers for Southeastern archaeology.

The Center for Archaeology is a valuable research asset to the archaeological community, both professional and avocational, and it continues to fulfill its charter goals of enhancing archaeological research at Tulane and promoting public understanding of the value and importance of archaeology as a discipline. Our staff members actively participate in public outreach projects, such as the annual Louisiana Archaeology Week, celebrated September 29 to October 5, 1996. Recently one of our associates participated in a celebration in honor of the 1682 de la Salle expedition down the Mississippi River, an event sponsored by the Louisiana Council for Music and Performing Arts, the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana, the Louisiana State Superintendent’s Office and Louisiana Public Television. Other staff members present lectures to amateur archaeologists at Louisiana Archaeological Society meetings in the New Orleans area, and also at the University of New Orleans, and local elementary schools. In the professional arena, our Director, staff members and associates routinely present papers at professional conferences, including annual meetings of the Louisiana Archaeological Society, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference and the Society for American Archaeology.

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Cultural Kinship Conference: Presented by the LA Creole Research Association

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The Louisiana Creole Research Association will host its’ 13th annual conference from October 20-22 in New ORLEANS, LA. The conference will explore the phenomenon of Creolization and identity that exists in both the Caribbean and in New Orleans and their common Creole culture. Learn how the influence of the St. Domingue immigrants in New Orleans bolstered that common Creole on the cusp of Americanization following the Louisiana Purchase. Registration for the conference is now open, using the following link.

2017 Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Oct. 20- Annual Members Meeting
    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    938 Lafayette St.
    6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 21- Annual Conference
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Dr., Administration Auditorium
    8AM-4:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- Laura Plantation Tour & Lunch
    2247 Highway 18, Vacherie 70090
    9AM-2:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- LAGNIAPPE!
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    2PM

For more details on the 2017 Schedule and Speakers, visit our post on Facebook! To register, become a member, or get extra information, click here.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.