Marie-Thérèse Coincoin : The Whittington Site Friday, Aug 28 2009 

The Whittington Site (16NA241) is a privately owned archaeological site, also known as the Coincoin Plantation.  I first learned about this site through classes with Professor Tommy Hailey: HR 5200, Methods, where the MAHR cohort identified the location on a 7.5 minute map of Natchitoches South using photographs,  and HR 5010 Exploring Heritage Resources where the site was further discussed.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) maintains a source manual on the site in binder form. I was able to get a copy from Dr. David Morgan, and speak with him informally both in-person and on the telephone. Scholarly information is also available through the NCPTT website, http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/prospection-in-depth-2007/ . Additional information on the NCPTT website indicates that Dr. Morgan  has presented two papers recently, “The Coincoin Plantation and African Architecture in Louisiana” and “Colonoware on Cane River, Louisiana: A View of Ethnicity from the Whittington Site.” Our class is lucky enough to have Dr. Morgan to accompany us on our site visit.

The site is privately owned by Mr. and Ms. Frank Bouser.  It is located downriver from Natchitoches along the west bank of the sinuous Cane River http://tinyurl.com/kuu82y and upriver from the Melrose Plantation. It is approximately 9 miles ( http://tinyurl.com/njszgj ) from the NSU campus by car (mapquest street address approximate).

While journalistic information about Marie-Thérèse Coincoin is available online, and articles and books abound, information on this specific site is scarce.  Since the site is privately owned and managed, and not open to the public, it stands to reason that the best information available would be the research of Dr. Morgan,  the foremost expert on the site.

I expect to see private property with some structures and little- if any- public interpretive information.

For Additional Consideration:

http://www.nps.gov/hdp/samples/HABS/coincoin/history.pdf

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/project/cane-river/research-design.htm

http://www.georgewright.org/231morgan.pdf

16NA591: The Coincoin-Prudhomme House is contemporary structure about 300-500 meters away from the main site of the Whittington Archaeological Site.

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Friday, Aug 28 2009 

A web search for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) yields an attractive URL, http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/ . The Center offers field classes throughout the United States and also runs a periodic podcast (http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/category/podcast/)

The NCPTT is conveniently located in Nelson Hall, a restored brick campus building, on Northwestern State University campus at 645 University Parkway in Natchitoches, LA. The agency is managed by the National Parks Service, US Department of the Interior, and advised by a thirteen person Federal Advisory Committee (“PTT Board).  Kirk Cordell is the Executive Director of the Center. Mr. Cordell and the staff of the center can be reached by phone at (318) 356-7444; Fax at (318) 356-9119; or email at ncptt@nps.gov .

Detailed information about the NCPTT is easily available on the website. Based on the information available, I have very high expectations of the Center. Since both the agency’s mission and website focus on research and training, I anticipate a complex of working offices with some public resources, rather than a large general-public focused museum.

Exploring Heritage Resources Friday, Aug 28 2009 

Day 1 Exploring Heritage Resources

This is my  blog for Heritage Resources 5010. In the future I will post blogs about my site visits here.

TENTATIVE FIELD EXPERIENCES:

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training;

Marie-Thérèse Coincoin I: The Whittington Site with David Morgan

Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, Natchitoches Parish Genealogical Library,

Old Courthouse Museum

LA Folklife Center, Williamson Museum, Creole Heritage Center;

NSU Cultural Resource Office; Louisiana Regional Archaeology Program

Fredericks Mound Site Visit and Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery with Jeff Girard, Regional Archaeologist

Cane River National Heritage Area

Los Adaes State Historic Site;  Adai Indian Cultural Center with Chief Rufus Davis

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

Badin-Roque House with Pete Gregory;

Marie-Thérèse Coincoin II:  Melrose Plantation

Fort Jesup State Historic Site; Rebel State Commemorative Area

Grand Ecore Visitors Center

Mansfield State Historic Site

Cane River Creole National Historical Park with Laura Gate