The Archaeology of Big Oak and Little Oak Islands

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. This tour reviews the history of research on these two sites.

The Archaeology of Big Oak and Little Oak Islands

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…

Big Oak and Little Oak Islands

Big Oak Island and Little Oak Island are camps and habitation sites associated with the people of the Tchefuncte culture of the Lower Mississippi Valley, dating from as early as 800 BCE to as late as AD 200. The sites are located in the marshes of…