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Near Pioneer in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mound C

 

—Poverty Point Earthworks —

 
Mound C Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Mound C Marker
Inscription. Mound C measures today about 260 feet long by 80 feet wide, but some of its original width has been lost through erosion into Bayou Macon. It appears to be about 6 feet tall, but its true base is about 2 feet lower than the current height of the adjacent plaza. The mound was probably conical in shape originally, but a historic-era road ran through it lengthwise and damaged it.

Mound C is the only mound located within the plaza at Poverty Point. It contains as many as sixteen thin, prepared surfaces or "floors" of different colors and textures of soil. Some of these surfaces have artifacts and hearths, pits, and postholes. These remains suggest that people may have lived on the mound. The final construction stage involved placement of a thick cap of soil over the mound.

Mound C was built during the Poverty Point occupation, but it is not certain when during that timeframe it was constructed.
 
Erected by the State of Louisiana.
 
Location. 32° 38.258′ N, 91° 24.26′ W. Marker is near Pioneer, Louisiana, in West Carroll Parish. Marker can be reached from Louisiana Route 577 near Louisiana Route 134. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6859 LA-577, Pioneer LA 71266, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Mound C can be just seen in the background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. Mound C can be just seen in the background.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Poverty Point Earthworks (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poverty Point State Historic Site (about 600 feet away); Poverty Point Artifacts (about 700 feet away); After Poverty Point (about 700 feet away); The Natural and Cultural Environment (about 700 feet away); Peopling of the Americas (about 700 feet away); Before Poverty Point (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Poverty Point Earthworks (about 700 feet 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 FeaturesNative Americans
 
Mound C can be seen on the map just to left of Bayou Macon. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
3. Mound C can be seen on the map just to left of Bayou Macon.
 
 
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 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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