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Nov/10/2011 - Nov/12/2011
Location: Eola Hotel

Colonial and Post -Colonial Ceramics of the Mississippi Delta

All lectures at the Eola Hotel are free and open to the public.

This symposium is a follow-up to the 2002 "French Colonial Pottery: An International Conference" held at the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Headquarters in Marksville, Louisiana. The proceedings of that conference, (French Colonial Pottery: An International Conference edited by George Avery), were published by Northwestern State University Press in 2007. Copies of the proceedings are available for purchase at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians museum shop.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Eola Hotel Ballroom


1:00 p.m. -- Welcome
The Honorable Jake Middleton, Mayor of Natchez
Jim Barnett, Director, Division of Historic Properties, Mississippi Department of Archives And History

1:15 p.m. -- Panel Discussion: Tribal Efforts to Revitalize Ceramic Traditions
Moderator: Hiram F. “Pete” Gregory, Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

2:30 p.m. -- Break

2:45 p.m. -- Open discussion on ceramic revitalization
Moderator: Hiram F. “Pete” Gregory

3:30 p.m. -- “The Seventeenth-Century Indian Slave Trade and the Emergence of the Colonial South”
Robbie Ethridge, Professor of Anthropology, University of Mississippi

4:00 p.m. -- “Native American Ceramics from the Wallace Bottom”
By John House presented by Mary Farmer, Station Assistant, Arkansas Archaeological Survey, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

4:30 p.m. -- “Native Pottery Traditions during the French Colonial Period in the Lower Mississippi Valley"
Vincas P. Steponaitis, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Research Laboratories of Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Friday, November 11, 2011
Eola Hotel Ballroom


9:00 a.m. -- Panel Discussion: Historic Indian Ceramic Traditions
Moderator: Pamela Lieb, Chief Archaeologist, Mississippi Department of Archives And History

10:15 a.m. -- Break

10:30 a.m. -- “Recent Faience Research in France”
Gregory Waselkov, Professor of Anthropology, University of South Alabama

11:00 a.m. -- “Thin Section Analysis of Fatherland Site Ceramics”
David Abbott, Archaeologist, Mississippi Department of Archives and History



1:30 p.m. -- “Catawba Pottery in the Historic Era”
Brett H. Riggs, Research Archaeologist and Adjunct Professor of Archaeology, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and R. P. Stephen Davis Jr., Associate Director, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2:00 p.m. -- Panel Discussion: Colono Ware and Hybridized Ceramic Traditions
Moderator: David W. Morgan, Director, Southeast Archaeological Center, National Park Service

2:45 p.m. -- Break

3:00 p.m. -- Panel Discussion: Spanish and English Colonial Ceramics
Moderator: Elizabeth Boggess, Historic Archaeologist and Social Historian, Natchez, Mississippi

3:45 p.m. -- “Ceramic Importers of Antebellum New Orleans, Louisiana”
Sara Hahn, Archaeologist and Historian, Coastal Environments, Inc. and Thurston Hahn III, Archaeologist and Historian, Coastal Environments, Inc.

4:15 p.m. -- “Nineteenth-Century Euro-American Ceramics”
John O’Hear, University of Mississippi

4:45 p.m. -- “Ceramics from Southern Slave House Sites”
Amy L. Young, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Southern Mississippi


Saturday, November 12, 2011


8:30 a.m. - Noon
Chartered bus tour of archaeological sites in the Natchez area Departs from the Eola Hotel, Pearl Street side
Joseph V. “Smokye” Frank III and Jim Barnett
Itinerary includes: the Grand Village, Fort Rosalie, Emerald Mound, Mount Locust, and Spanish sites in Vidalia, Louisiana.


Co-sponsors: National Park Service; Cane River Creole National Historical Park; Natchez National Historical Park; Southeast Archaeological Center; National Center for Preservation Technology and Training; Cane River National Heritage Area; Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Williamson Museum at Northwestern State University of Louisiana; Stephen F. Austin University of Texas; University of Houston; and University College London.

Funding for this symposium provided by the Lower Mississippi Delta Region Initiatives of the National Park Service with assistance from Cane River Creole National Historical Park and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


Contact: Jim Barnett
Phone: 601-446-6502
Fax: 601-446-6503

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