Regional Archaeology Program

Since 1989, Northwestern State University has hosted the Regional Archaeology Program through an ongoing grant agreement with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, Division of Archaeology. The program covers thirteen parishes in northwest Louisiana including Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Bienville, DeSoto, Red River, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Vernon, and Rapides.

Jeffrey Girard serves as the regional archaeologist. He works with landowners in the identification and preservation of cultural resources on private land, carries out research projects in areas where little information is available, and promotes awareness of cultural resources through public presentations throughout northwestern Louisiana. Students, members of the Louisiana Archaeological Society, and other public volunteers assist with both field and laboratory work.

Recent projects include study of Late Prehistoric Caddoan settlements in Caddo and Bossier Parishes, excavations at a 1400-year-old Woodland period mound site in Natchitoches Parish, and investigations in Bienville Parish at a buried Archaic midden that dates approximately 7500 years ago.

If you would like to know more about archaeological sites or artifacts you have found, are interested in participating in projects, or want general information about the archaeology of northwest Louisiana please contact regional archaeologist Jeffrey Girard at (318) 357-5471.