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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