• Buchannan Elementary School learning about Archaeology

    Louisiana Primary School children learning about Louisiana Archaeology

  • Red River Dugout Canoe

    Red River Dugout Canoe

  • Greater New Orleans Archaeology Program

    French Colonial Artifacts in New Orleans

  • Learning how to throw the Atlatl

  • Mardi Gras Shipwreck Cannon

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Archaeology is to promote Louisiana’s cultural history through the protection of archaeological sites and preservation of material culture. The division is responsible for coordinating, and implementing state and federal guidelines for the investigation and preservation of prehistoric and historic site on land and underwater. Our services include: issuing permits for archaeological investigations, long-term curation of artifacts, providing educational materials to schools throughout the state, the use of a state-wide GIS Cultural Resource Map, and providing guidance with required site forms and Section 106 inquiries.


Featured Artist – Laela Baham, illustrator of Louisiana Archaeology Coloring Book
Laela Baham
The Division of Archaeology partnered with local artist Laela Baham to create a coloring book focused on Louisiana Cultural History. Laela worked closely with archaeologists to recreate the archaeological sites and make them suitable for a young audience. Join us and the students in the book as we explore some of Louisiana’s vast cultural history through the lens of archaeology!

Laela Baham is a 14-year-old freshman currently attending Baton Rouge Magnet High School. She has been in the Talented Visual Arts program since sixth grade. Laela has been interested in art since the age of six. It was at the age of eleven that she discovered an 18-year-old digital artist on YouTube which intrigued her and also planted a deep interest in animation. From then on, she has aspired to become a concept artist and eventually work for Disney. Laela has been a dancer since the age of seven, however deciding to take a break this year to concentrate on her first year of high school. Aside from drawing, she enjoys watching cartoons and other people share their talents on YouTube and other platforms. She also enjoys spending time with friends and the occasional video game.
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