Searching for the Sweet Life: Archaeology at the Chatsworth Plantation Site, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Location: Louisiana, USA       Length: 18 min.

The Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum handled the MNHRP-mandated research on Chatsworth Plantation for L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge.  This data recovery project is the most extensive archaeological project to date on a Louisiana plantation site.  The project also excavated the remains of slave cabins that lay undisturbed, along with the sugar mill, beneath almost a century of south Louisiana’s riotous vegetation.  This film shows how archaeology can provide the truth behind the moonlight and magnolias image of the Old South.

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Produced in 2014 by Dennis Jones and Rob Krieger

Copyright 2014 by Dennis Jones and Rob Krieger

BR Sugar Mill Dig Unearths Centuries Old Artifacts (Baton Rouge Advocate)

Discover Archaeology (Louisiana Division of Archaeology)

Excavations at Chatsworth Plantation in Louisiana (Archaeological Conservancy)

History of Louisiana (Wikipedia)

Louisiana Archaeological Society

LSU Rural Life Museum (Louisiana State University)