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Jeffrey Girard

Jeffrey Girard was born in Chicago, Illinois, moved to El Paso, Texas while in high school, and received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.  He was on the faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and served as regional archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology for more than 25 years.  He currently is working on a grant from the Cane River National Heritage Area to organize collections and records at the Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University.

Vice President



Abbie Bleichner

Abbie is a native of Rhode Island, but made the move to Louisiana in 2015. Growing up in the Ocean State, her love for the water started at an early age. Her passion for history and the sea led her to receive a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, concentrating on underwater archaeology. She has worked throughout the northeast and southeast United States. Abbie is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology and is listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Currently, Abbie works for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology in Section 106 review and compliance.

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An original native of Kentucky, Paul branched out to receive a B.A. in archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in Archaeology from University College London. Places worked include: China, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Alaska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Mississipi, and Japan. He is currently the Cultural Resources Manager for the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan.

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Bulletin Editor & Newsletter Editor

Mark A. Rees, Ph.D., RPA
Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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Rees is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab, and Nalley–Board of Regents Support Fund Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His interests include historical and late pre-contact archaeology of southeastern North America, especially the Lower Mississippi Valley. 


Mailing Address:
Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab  
P.O. Box 43543
Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology & CAFS
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA 70504  


Located at:
Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab
2204 Johnston Street
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA 70503