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University of New Orleans to Lead Joint Effort to Recover Missing World War II Airman in Austria

The University of New Orleans will collaborate with the University of Innsbruck in Austria this summer to lead a joint effort to excavate the site of a World War II aircraft crash, in the hopes that the excavation will help the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to identify and return

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Update and New Photos, November 10, 2016

Most all of the fieldwork has been wrapped up on site at 810 Royal as of this point, though it is possible that we will return to the site if timing should allow for us to access the areas beneath the existing slabs. Even without that access, we’ve recovered a

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UNO Summer Field School 2016

We’ve gone quite some time without a formal update here, although we’ve still been at work processing artifacts and, when time and weather permit, conducting follow-up excavations. This summer, on May 31 st , we began our official UNO Summer Field School course, with both undergraduate and graduate students participating.

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New Artifacts Posted

13 new artifacts have been posted! http://theartofdigging.com/recovered-artifacts/ Be sure to check out 2 new 3D models created by UNO graduate student Alahna Moore here: http://theartofdigging.com/links/

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Dig Update #4

Now that our school semester is back in session, we are only able to proceed with field work sporadically. However, the processing of artifacts in our lab at UNO is making significant progress. There is simply a huge amount of material to wash and re-bag, especially from the ca. 1790s

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Unexpected Artifact of the Day

While we expect to run into the occasional snakes when we’re out in the country, we were surprised to find this visitor at 810 Royal Street on an otherwise typical morning. She or he, a roughly five foot long water snake, was stuck in one of the units when we

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In the field at Royal Street

By Andrew Smith Every weekday starts the same: I wake up (solely by the promise of a CC’s medium-roast to come,) put on the archetypical archaeologist’ hat, try to find a parking spot close to the Quarter, and begin the walk that breaks the first sweat of the day. This

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A day in the field: 810 Royal Street

By Elena Ricci It’s 8:00 am. A seemingly inconspicuous plot of dirt sits quietly in the French Quarter, awaiting the arrival of a group of students and their professor. Slowly, our group begins to trickle in, unloading gear and preparing for a day of work. Tents are erected, bricks and

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Dig Update #3

Our investigations at 810 Royal have entered a new phase, as the first session of the UNO summer field school has ended. The bulk of our work will shift to the lab for the next couple of weeks, though we will be tying up some loose ends at the site

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Dig Update #2

Apologies for the slow updates; sometimes, after a day excavating out in the New Orleans summer heat, it’s hard to get much writing done! This is a quick update on the progress of the field school itself. Thanks to a relatively dry couple of weeks, we haven’t had much lab

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