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Archaeology dig near casino to get public showing

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Posted: Apr 29, 2013 3:38 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 3:38 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: archaeological, dig, casino, sugar, house, history

BATON ROUGE- An archaeological dig just yards away from L'Auberge Casino is unearthing a 19th century "sugar house" on the historic Chatsworth Plantation.

The project, commissioned by Pinnacle Entertainment and foster by the LSU Rural Life Museum, has already found thousands of artifacts at the site, which was abandoned in the 1920s.

"Before we cleared all this away you would never know what was here," said Dennis Jones, the principal investigator and archaeologist on the site.

Researchers at LSU's Rural Life Museum are already classifying and organizing the artifacts that have been discovered, from the the tiniest pieces of brick, to ornate copper pieces.

"Every so often you find something interesting that you didn't expect to find, and it makes for some lively conversations in here, but it is a matter of combing through the minutia," said Julie Doucet, an archaeological consultant on the project.

The museum in conjunction Pinnacle will host an archaelogicial field day on June 1st, when the public can visit the site. You can follow the progress of the dig on their Facebook page.

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