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Search for the Lost Colony

Nouvelle Acadie

December 12, 2017

Natchitoches, LA

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New Acadia Project Old Map

New Acadia Project Old Map

The New Acadia Project is a publicly-supported effort to discover and study the home sites and unmarked graves of the first Acadian settlement in south Louisiana. These settlers established what is known today as Acadiana – homeland of the Cajuns.

Ray and Brenda Trahan and Warren and Mary Perrin, will present on the New Acadia Project. They are co-founders of the effort that has raised and donated nearly $300,000 to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette whose archeological department is leading the historical search.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service, 645, University Parkway, Natchitoches at 2PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

The New Acadia Project is combining archaeology survey and historical research with public outreach and community engagement in a collaborative effort to discover and investigate the lost colony of Nouvelle Acadie. Public archaeology is providing unique historical and cultural information on Acadian settlement in Louisiana and creating new opportunities for heritage conservation and commemoration. The New Acadia Project is also promoting development of regional and state-wide cultural economy.

Since May of 2014, more than two dozen previously unknown archaeological sites have been discovered along the Teche Ridge at locations where historical documents indicate the Acadian émigrés established their colony of Nouvelle Acadie. Eight of these sites have now produced artifacts dating from the 1700s.

Financial support is needed to continue the search. You can support the New Acadia Project through donations to the non-profit Acadian Heritage and Culture Foundation at the Acadian Museum (337-233-5832; acadianmuseum.com) or by donating to the New Acadia Project Fund at the UL Lafayette Foundation (337-482-0700; ullafayettefoundation.org). For more information visit, www.facebook.com/NewAcadiaProject and the Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab web site at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or email rees@louisiana.edu.

Acadian Heritage and Cultural Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 53597 Lafayette, LA 70505 337.233.5832

New Acadia Project Plat Map

New Acadia Project Plat Map

New Acadia Project Pottery Fragments

New Acadia Project Pottery Fragments

Interns sift for artifacts.

Interns sift for artifacts.


What should not have been forgotten must be found!

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December 12, 2017
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Tad Britt


645 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457 United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119