October is Archaeology Month!

The 2023 Archaeology Month poster highlights 13 examples of shipwrecks documented across the state of Louisiana and off its coast.  Louisiana’s abundance of waterways provided ample opportunities for various types of boats, ships, vessels, and other watercraft to traverse throughout human history.

Use the two poster sizes above to view in more detail and to print.  If you prefer the 18" x 24" printed poster, email archaeology@crt.la.gov to request a copy.  The poster is for personal and educational use only.

View the 2023 Louisiana Archaeology Month interactive map and calendar of events below to find an event near you! 

2023 International Archaeology Day is October 21st!
Submit an event or program for the Louisiana Archaeology Month calendar and interactive map here.

Use the interactive map below to view Louisiana Archaeology Month activities and events (purple symbols) based on their location around the state.  Zoom in to see multiple options in the same area.  To view events by date, click the calendar tab to view the Archaeology Month Calendar.

History of Louisiana Archaeology Month

    Every year the state of Louisiana celebrates Archaeology Month in October, which also coincides with the annual International Archaeology Day on the third Saturday of the month.  Louisiana Archaeology Month's statewide programs and events encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the archaeology and history of the state and to protect, preserve, and enjoy these important resources of our rich cultural heritage.

    The state’s official celebration began in 1988 as Louisiana Archaeology Week and then expanded in 2008 to include the whole month in order to accommodate the number of programs and participating communities across the state.  Today, Louisiana is one of 43 states to have an Archaeology Month celebration.

Thank you to the 2023 Archaeology Month participating organizations:

Acadiana Chapter, Louisiana Archaeological Society
Ascension Parish Library
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
Audubon State Historic Site
Calcasieu Parish Public Library
Fighting Hand Brewing Company
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site
Kisatchie National Forest
Lafayette Public Library
Lake D'Arbonne State Park
Livingston Parish Library
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Louisiana State Parks
Louisiana State University's Alpha La of Lambda Alpha
Maritime Museum Louisiana
Oak St Brewery
Ouachita Parish Library
Poverty Point Station Archaeology Program, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Poverty Point World Heritage Site
Terrebonne Parish Library
University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Anthropology Society
University of Louisiana at Monroe Museum of Natural History
USDA Forest Service
West Baton Rouge Museum

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