Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Urban Studies


Planning and Urban Studies

Major Professor

Gray, D. Ryan

Second Advisor

Gladstone, David

Third Advisor

Mitchell, Mary Niall


The St. Rosalie Plantation (16PL107) is an Antebellum-era sugar plantation site located on the western bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. From 2019-2020, an environmental and cultural resources company conducted a Phase II investigation of the site to determine its NRHP eligibility and uncover the locations of cemeteries known to exist on site. Their determinations made from the fieldwork and artifacts fell short of the reality that existed underneath the surface. With my reanalysis of this project’s artifact inventory, I hoped to reveal what I believe is actually represented through the assemblage and what this could mean for the site. An examination of problems associated with CRM/archaeological practices involving descendant communities is also discussed, the project serves as a prime example of why archaeologists need to focus on the social impacts of their work. St. Rosalie holds information pertaining to post-Emancipation communities at the site, and nearby descendant communities should be involved in every aspect of archaeological research in order to gain knowledge of their ancestors and heritage.


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