The Baton Rouge Chapter

of the Louisiana

Archaeological Society

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Archaeological Society (BRLAS) is a nonprofit organization open to all members of the public who are interested in studying and preserving the prehistory and history of our unique state. The organization's aims are to encourage and support the scientific recovery of Louisiana's archaeological resources. Both professional and amateur archaeologists are members of the group. The Baton Rouge Chapter of the LAS has been in existence since 1977 and is one of many chapters affiliated with the statewide Louisiana Archaeological Society that was founded in 1974.


Members of the BRLAS have been involved in a number of archaeological projects in and near the city. Recently, they have worked at such sites as the Kleinpeter Site at the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, the Hoover site near Ponchatoula, and at Magnolia Mound, also in Baton Rouge. Other work is planned soon. Projects are directed by professional archaeologists and all who wish to participate and learn the skills necessary to do archaeology correctly are encouraged to participate.

BRLAS meeting and talk

When: last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM
Where: Bluebonnet Branch
East Baton Rouge Public Library
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA

There is no admission fee. Visitors are welcome. Our programs generally consist of speakers or videos on archaeological topics from around the world, not just Louisiana or surrounding states. Recent talks have been on Confederate shipwrecks in the Pearl River, the prehistoric earthen mounds and enclosure at the Marksville site, and the archaeology of the World War II battle at Kwajalien in the Pacific. Most of the speakers are professional archaeologists from universities or from archaeological contracting companies.

Below is an aerial photograph of Poverty Point Site near Epps, Louisiana.

Aerial Photograph of Poverty Point Site, Louisiana

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Paul V. Heinrich
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Dec 18, 2001

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