Hunt for Acadian Ancestors Resumes in Louisiana

Mark Rees, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor of anthropology and archeology, is leading two research assistants this summer in field work along the Bayou Teche near Loreauville. They want to learn where the Acadian exiles first settled in Acadiana some 250 years ago. It’s all part of the New Acadia Project, or Projet Nouvelle-Acadie, a long-term, multidisciplinary project that could set the record straight about Cajun heritage.

“We want to provide some measured facts and places of interest that speak to people in terms of their identity, who they are,” Rees said.

Oral tradition says descendents of Joseph Broussard — the Acadian freedom fighter more commonly known as Beausoleil — are buried in an abandoned cemetery there and that there are unmarked graves nearby.

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