Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2019 as Louisiana Archaeology Month. The month is an opportunity for everyone in Louisiana to learn more about the state's prehistoric and historic properties, artifacts, and objects of antiquity that must be protected and preserved. To celebrate Archaeology Month, the Office of Cultural Development's Division of Archaeology will host educational events around the state, including Archaeology Day at the Madisonville Branch Library..
"This family-friendly event is designed to give people a glimpse at Louisiana's archaeological treasures that have historical value but to also hear from leading experts in the field," said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. "I'm excited about this unique opportunity to bring awareness to our state's rich and diverse archeological sites that are of interest to our citizens."
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience ancient techniques such as traditional stone tool and ceramic making, then be able to try their hand at ceramic making, or weave a mat using palm fronds or use a pumpdrill to make a pendant. There will also be an atlatl demonstration. An atlatl is an ancient tool used to throw a spear. Additionally, children of all ages are invited to participate in a mock dig using modern archaeological methods.