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

The Natural and Cultural Environment

 

—Poverty Point World Heritage Site —

 
The Natural and Cultural Environment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. The Natural and Cultural Environment Marker
Inscription. Poverty Point is situated on Macon Ridge, an elevated landform on the western edge of the Mississippi River floodplain. Being located on Macon Ridge means that the site was safe from seasonal floods. It remained high and dry even during the Mississippi River's massive flood of 1927.The site's location is also important for the resources that were available year-round for food, shelter, fuel, tools, and other needs.

From the adjacent floodplain, people obtained fish, waterfowl, turtles, and frogs, as well as aquatic plants such as lotus and cattail. The ridge had drier habitats where deer, raccoons, and rabbits, along with nuts, seeds, and fruits, were abundant. Wood for shelter, tool, and fuel needs was locally available. Cane and other plant fibers were used to weave baskets, mats, and other items.

Only stone was not readily available. The nearest sources of "local" gravel were located about 25-30 miles away, and the people of Poverty Point did use that rock. But, they also developed a long-distance trade network that brought stone, some 78 tons of rocks and minerals, to the site from sources that were hundreds of miles away.

Some of these imported stones were distributed to other sites in the Lower Mississippi River Valley that belonged to the "Poverty Poirt culture." These
The Natural and Cultural Environment Marker on opposite side. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. The Natural and Cultural Environment Marker on opposite side.
sites are thought to be affiliated because they have some distinctive artifact types in common with Poverty Point. Only a few of these sites had earthworks (and none were as large or elaborate as Poverty Point); most were small residences or camps.
 
Erected by the State of Louisiana.
 
Location. 32° 38.152′ N, 91° 24.217′ W. Marker is near Pioneer, Louisiana, in West Carroll Parish. Marker is on 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. Before Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); Poverty Point Artifacts (here, next to this marker); This is Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); The Poverty Point Landscape (here, next to this marker); Peopling of the Americas (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 . . .  Wikipedia article on Poverty Point. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Entrance to the Poverty Point World Heritage Site. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. Entrance to the Poverty Point World Heritage Site.

 
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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 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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