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Archaeology dig open to visitors

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Posted: Oct 4, 2013 6:33 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 4, 2013 6:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Chatsworth, LSU, Archaeology, Dig, L'Auberge, Casino, Rural Life, Plantation, Sugar

BATON ROUGE - After months of excavation, the archaeologist at the Chatsworth Plantation dig site near L'Auberge Casino are digging into the living quarters of the decades-old sugar mill.

"We're excavating the northern portion of the quarters now, and what we find are the foundations of the buildings for the people who worked here," said Dennis Jones, the lead archaeologist for the project.

So far the crew has found dozens of unique artifacts that show how people at the location lived in the 1800s.

"We find the domestic artifacts that folks had and accumulated in the course of living whether that's ceramics from bowls and plates that they ate off of," said Jones. "We've found a lot of medicine bottles, health care was not at the advance state in the 19th century as it is today, people medicated themselves with all sorts of patent medicines, most of which aren't in existence any more and they would have substances like cocaine, morphine, and opiate derivatives."

The team has also found toys children would play with, like marbles and dolls.

You can get an up-close look at what the team has unearthed and do a little archaeology work yourself this weekend. The Rural Life Museum will hold a show and tell at the site, with some hands-on action. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. and you can catch a shuttle to the site from L'Auberge Casino's parking lot. The team recommends wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes.

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