The 38th annual meeting of the Louisiana Archaeological Society (LAS) will be Feb. 24-26 at the Baton Rouge Radisson Hotel located at Acadian and I-10.

Founded in 1974, the Louisiana Archaeological Society brings together professional and avocational archaeologists interested in investigating, interpreting and preserving information on the prehistoric Indians and the early history of Louisiana.

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, members will present papers about a variety of archaeological discoveries and research. Topics will range from investigations at an Indian mound over 2000 years old in Bossier Parish to excavations at a junior high school in New Orleans.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will address the meeting at 11:40 a.m. about Louisiana’s efforts to have the Poverty Point State Historic Site in West Carroll Parish included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of World Heritage Sites.

The banquet Saturday night at 7 p.m. will feature keynote speaker Dr. Michael Waters, a Texas A & M University archaeologist, whose topic will be “In Search of the First Americans.” Dr. Waters’ recent work at the Debra L. Friedkin site in Texas and research on artifacts from the Manis site in Washington suggest that human beings settled the New World earlier than once thought. The Clovis period dating to about 12,000 years ago, now seems to have been preceded by a human presence 15,000 years ago.

On Sunday morning, meeting attendees will have an opportunity to tour the LSU Campus Mounds and archaeological exhibits on the LSU campus. There also will be a tour Sunday of the Port Hudson State Historic Site, where there have been recent battlefield archaeological investigations.

The interested public is invited to attend the meetings, which have a $15 registration fee, and to join the LAS for an annual membership fee of $20 or $12 for students. Details of the LAS meeting and more information about the Louisiana Archaeological Society are available on the organization’s website:

http://www.laarchaeology.org/