Big Oak and Little Oak Island are some of the most important archaeological sites in Orleans Parish. Excavations at the sites helped to define the chronology of Indigenous occupation of Louisiana, and they are some of the most thoroughly investigated precontact sites in New Orleans. Even though there has been virtually no new research on these two sites in particular since the 1980s, they continue to shape understandings of Tchefuncte culture hunter gatherers in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
The images below review the history of research on these two sites.
To learn more about the range of Tchefuncte material culture, visit Tchefuncte Pottery and Material Culture tour.