Project Crew

The bulk of our field crew at the 810 Royal site has been composed of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of New Orleans who are enrolled in the summer field school in urban archaeology.


Six UNO undergraduates participated in the Summer 2015 field work: Christopher Combel, Christopher Johnson, Patrick Lacourrege, Elena Ricci, Andrew Smith, and Sydney Viard. In addition, there four graduate students from UNO’s Urban Studies program participated. Helen Bouzon and Brittany Waggener are Urban Studies doctoral students, and Lori Atkinson and Liz McDaniel are students in the Masters of Science in Urban Studies program, focusing on applied urban anthropology and cultural resource management. During Summer of 2016, UNO students Reid Andrus, Michelle Butcher, Adelle Davis, Maya Lahti, and Travis Trahan also participated in the field school, while our graduate students continued to help on the project.

A number of other UNO students have been active in various phases of the project, including Maddie Alford, Brandy Dufrene, Rene Dufrene, Janet Greenfield, Elizabeth Rogers, and Tacara Solomon. In addition, two graduate students from other institutions are collaborating with us and assisting on the project. Grace Krause is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University (see her blog at, and Christopher Grant is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Both have been kind enough to lend hands and expertise at 810 Royal even while working on their other projects. Many others have helped out in the field and lab, visited, asked questions, and sometimes even bought us lunch. More recently, Dr. Ryan Kennedy, a Research Associate at UNO, has begun a number of projects involving analyses of fish remains from the 810 Royal site and others around New Orleans. Thanks to all of you have expressed your interest and support!