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

This is Poverty Point

 

—Poverty Point World Heritage Site —

 
This is Poverty Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. This is Poverty Point Marker
Inscription. The Poverty Point earthwork complex is a monumental achievement worthy of celebration. It was built and occupied from about 1700 BC to 1100 BC. This site is often considered to be the "New York City" of its day because it appears to have been so much more elaborate and sophisticated than anything else that was happening in North America at that time.

This created landscape is unique in the world—there is no other site quite like it. The original design included five earthen mounds (another culture added a sixth mound, Mound D, about 1,800 years after Poverty Point was abandoned), six concentric C-shaped ridges, and a huge inner plaza. Archaeologists estimate that preparing the landscape and building the earthworks may have required moving, basketload by basketload, about 100 million 50-1b. basketloads of soil.

To experience the earthworks, you can enjoy a ranger-guided tram tour, a self-guided driving tour, or a self-guided hiking trail that winds through the earthworks. The on-site archaeologist recommends taking a hike!

Part of what makes Poverty Point so special is the fact that people who made their living through hunting, fishing, and gathering wild foods built these earthworks. For many years, archaeologists did not think that hunter-gatherers could achieve such an
This is Poverty Point Marker (on far right). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. This is Poverty Point Marker (on far right).
amazing accomplishment.The diverse habitats of the Mississippi River floodplain and Macon Ridge provided a variety of foods and other necessary resources. The only material that was not readily available here was stone, a critical resource for people who relied on stone tools. They developed a vast trading network to fulfill that need.
 
Erected by the State of Louisiana.
 
Location. 32° 38.151′ N, 91° 24.216′ W. Marker is near Pioneer, Louisiana, in West Carroll Parish. Marker can be reached from Louisiana Route 577 1.2 miles north of Highway 134. Touch for map. Located near the Poverty Point Heritage Site Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6859 Hwy. 577, Pioneer LA 71266, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Poverty Point Landscape (here, next to this marker); Before Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); The Natural and Cultural Environment (here, next to this marker); Peopling of the Americas (here, next to this marker); Poverty Point Artifacts (here, next to this marker); Poverty Point World Heritage Site (here, next to this marker); After Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); Poverty Point Earthworks (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pioneer.
 
Also see . . .
Poverty Point World Heritage Site entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. Poverty Point World Heritage Site entrance.
 Wikipedia article on Poverty Point. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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