Sugar mill dig unearths centuries-old artifacts

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- A discarded human molar is one artifact excavated from the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Coins dating from the 1840's are part of the excavation of the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- The Chatsworth Plantation occupied ground that is now the L'Auberge Casino along the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Dennis Jones, principal archeological investigator directing the excavation of the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill on River Road in Baton Rouge, holds a cast iron blade excavated from the mill outside his lab at the Rural Life Museum Friday in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Artifacts excavated on the grounds of the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill on River Road in Baton Rouge, including a ring, an ivory domino, glass bottle stoppers, lead shot and a miniature porcelain baby doll are on display at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- A bottled embossed with the early 20th century soda company Gay-Ola is one artifact excavated from the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Cast iron hardware from ice cream churn is one artifact excavated from the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- A rusted toy cap gun is one artifact excavated from the historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Donny Bourgeois, an archeologist with the Rural Life Museum, takes photographs of historic Chatsworth Plantation and sugar mill artifacts that have already gone through the archiving process on Friday at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge.