The Division of Archaeology maintains classroom and library/museum traveling exhibits pertaining to El Nuevo Constante, an 18th century Spanish merchant vessel, and Poverty Point, a 3,500 year old prehistoric Indian culture. The classroom exhibits may be reserved by teachers for use in the classroom. The duration of the classroom exhibit loan is generally two weeks. Teachers may also reserve a slide/tape show to accompany the exhibit. The library/museum exhibits may be reserved for display. The duration of the library/museum exhibit loan is generally one month.

The borrower is responsible for taking reasonable care to prevent damage, loss, or deterioration of the exhibit contents. The Division of Archaeology is to be notified immediately by telephone if loss or damage is discovered. No materials may be repaired, cleaned, or altered by the borrower. All items must be repacked, along with a completed response card, in the shipping suitcase. During shipment, the suitcase will be secured by combination lock and insured for $600. The slide/tape show will be insured for $100.

Reserve the Exhibits Online:

    El Nuevo Constante Traveling Exhibit
    Poverty Point Traveling Exhibit

The Division of Archaeology provides free educational booklets on El Nuevo Constante and Poverty Point. These booklets may be ordered and used in the classroom along with the exhibits

El Nuevo Constante--

In the first week of September 1766, a hurricane blew two Spanish merchant ships aground on the Louisiana coast. Both were in the New Spain Fleet sailing from Veracruz, Mexico to Spain. Delays in Veracruz had forced the fleet to sail late in August, well into the dangerous hurricane season. The new Spanish government in Louisiana began immediate salvage of the two ships. This work, to save and move cargo, lasted two months. Two hundred thirteen years later, the shipwreck, El Nuevo Constante, was discovered and excavated.

El Nuevo Constante is the first historic shipwreck discovered off the Louisiana coast. Careful study of it is both appropriate and fortunate. Archaeologists and historians learned about the ship and the events leading to its loss. They also excavated well-preserved artifacts, many of which are unique. These tell about the ship's construction, its cargo, and life aboard an eighteenth century merchant vessel.

To learn more about El Nuevo Constante visit our virtual books.

Poverty Point--

Poverty Point is the name of a place and a way of life. The place is the Poverty Point site in West Carroll Parish. This archaeological site was an important village for Indians 3,500 years ago. The Poverty Point site was the center of government, religion, and trade for Indians living in an area larger than the state of Louisiana.

People who lived at the site made certain objects unlike those that earlier or later Indians made. These objects, called artifacts, include carved stone beads, clay cooking balls, clay figures of women, iron weights, and stone containers.

Indians at other sites at the same time also made these artifacts. This shows they were in contact with the people at the Poverty Point site. Archaeologists think they had the same way of life, or culture. All these Indians are called Poverty Point Indians because they shared the Poverty Point culture.

To learn more about Poverty Point visit our virtual books.

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