When you hear the word, “archaeology,” what comes to mind?
Indiana Jones? A guy in
a pith helmet and khaki Bermuda shorts in front of the pyramids in Egypt? How
about a bunch of folks in jeans, t-shirts and baseball caps who are crouched
down in some red dirt in Bossier City, carefully utilizing trowels as they are led
by the Regional Archaeologist from Northwestern State in Natchitoches? Yes, genuine
archeological research is conducted right here in Northwest Louisiana and even
though it’s not (to those of us who live here) an ‘exotic,’ far-off place, the
discoveries are pretty amazing: Indian mounds, Native American artifacts from a
whole culture named after Bossier Parish, and even a shipwreck from the Civil
War preserved by Red River mud. Come
learn about local archaeology sites as part of the Adult Summer Reading
program, “Groundbreaking Reads” 10 a.m. Thursday June 27 at Bossier Central Library
(2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, La.).