Near Pioneer in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
—Poverty Point Earthworks —
Mound B today is about 20 feet in height and it is 180 feet in diameter at its base Originally, the mound had a perfect conical form, but archaeological excavations in 1955 inadvertently altered its shape.
The topsoil was removed before mound construction began. After that, the mound was built in seven construction stages, including three major flat-topped platforms made of silt loam. The floors of the platforms had firepits, charcoal, and possible postholes, indicating that some activities occurred there. A conical silt-loam mantle was placed over the entire mound for the last construction stage, providing the final shape of the mound.
Woven baskets and skin containers used to haul dirt left impressions in the fill of the mound. These have allowed archaeologists to better understand the ancient earth-moving techniques.
Although conical mounds in the southeastern U.S are often burial mounds, Mound B is not one. Understanding how it was used will require future research.
Erected by the State of Louisiana.
Location. 32° 38.446′ Touch for map. Located along the tram & driving tour road. Marker is in this post office area: Pioneer LA 71266, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mound C (approx. 0.4 miles away); Poverty Point Earthworks (approx. half a mile away); Southwest Ridges (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Poverty Point Earthworks (approx. half a mile away); After Poverty Point (approx. half a mile away); Poverty Point Artifacts (approx. half a mile away); Peopling of the Americas (approx. half a mile away); Poverty Point World Heritage Site (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pioneer.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Poverty Point. (Submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.