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Louisiana Ancient Mounds Trail Historical Markers

The State of Louisiana has placed markers at 39 Indian mound sites in northeast Louisiana that form the mound trail.
 
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September 2, 2016
Marksville Mounds Marker
Louisiana (Avoyelles Parish), Marksville — Marksville Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Marksville is a ceremonial center with two earthen ridges enclosing seven mounds. Indians built these earthworks between 100 BC and AD 400. During that time, the site covered 200 acres and included other earthworks that are now destroyed. The . . . — Map (db m97726) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Harrisonburg — Harrisonburg Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Two Indian mounds make up the Harrisonburg Mounds site. The well-preserved conical mound that can be seen from here was built around AD 200. It is 10 feet high and 115 feet in diameter. The other mound is about 200 feet to the northeast. It is less . . . — Map (db m103763) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Harrisonburg — McGuffee Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
McGuffee has as many as 6 mounds on the west bank of the Ouachita River. Several of the mounds are well preserved and visible from the road. A C-shaped earthen ridge encloses the mounds. Radiocarbon dates suggest Indians built these earthworks . . . — Map (db m104674) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Jonesville — Routon Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Routon has 7 mounds on the west bank of the Ouachita River. The 4 largest are rectangular with flat tops. The other 3 are dome shaped and less than 2 feet tall. The mound visible from the road is rectangular. It is 12½ feet tall and 230 by 180 . . . — Map (db m103811) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Jonesville — Tew Lake Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Tew Lake has 3 small, irregularly shaped mounds. The 2 in pasture on the south side of Routon Road are almost 4 feet tall. The one north of Routon Road has been reduced in height by plowing and is less than 3 feet tall. Soil studies and artifacts . . . — Map (db m103782) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Jonesville — Troyville Earthworks Ancient Mounds Trail
The 82-foot-tall "Great Mound" of Troyville once stood here. In 1936, Archaeologist Winslow Walker made this diagram, depicting the size and shape of the mound. Today, only 3 feet of mound fill remains. — Map (db m103774) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Jonesville — Troyville Earthworks Ancient Mounds Trail
An earthen wall and 9 mounds were once a prominent part of the landscape here. Early explorers described the largest mound or "Great Mound" as being 82 feet high, the tallest mound known in Louisiana. The earth-works were built between 100 BC and AD . . . — Map (db m103781) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Sicily Island — Peck Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
The Peck Mounds site has 5 mounds built along the bluff above Lake Louie. Only 4 mounds are visible today. The largest is platform shaped and measures 18 feet tall and 165 by 180 feet at the base. The smaller 3 are domed shaped and average only 4 . . . — Map (db m87166) HM
Louisiana (Catahoula Parish), Sicily Island — Peck Village Ancient Mounds Trail
Peck Village is a village and mound site where Indians lived between 100 BC and AD 1200. Archaeologist James A. Ford excavated here in 1933. He used a method called seriation to study the changes in pottery decoration through time. Based on pottery . . . — Map (db m87165) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — Churupa Plantation Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Churupa Plantation Mound was built around AD 1000. The mound was constructed in a single episode on top of the remains of an earlier Indian village. Plowing has altered the original conical shape. Today, the mound is 7 feet tall and 150 by 125 feet . . . — Map (db m103784) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — Cypress Grove Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Cypress Grove is one of the best-preserved conical mounds in northeast Louisiana. This 10-foot-tall mound is 115 feet in diameter at the base. It was built in a single episode around AD 750. The pond north of the mound may be where soil was removed . . . — Map (db m103806) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — DePrato Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
DePrato has 5 dome-shaped mounds, 3 of which are clearly seen from the road. Flooding has covered the ground and lower portions of the mounds with 2½ feet of sediment. Thus, the mounds appear smaller than their true height of 5-6 feet. . . . — Map (db m103756) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — Elkhorn Plantation Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Elkhorn is a 10-foot-tall platform mound that is 150 by 100 feet at the base. Construction of the mound began around AD 450. Soil studies indicated that dirt was added during a second state of construction. Pottery found here suggests that the site . . . — Map (db m103761) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — Lamarque Landing Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Lamarque Landing is a conical mound that is 6½ feet tall and 115 feet in diameter. Indians built the mound about AD 1000. Excavations at the site revealed that the mound was built in 3 separate episodes. Lower Plaque This . . . — Map (db m103810) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Frogmore — Frogmore Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Frogmore is an Indian mound and village site that dates to about AD 700-1200. The mound is rectangular and was built in two separate episodes. It is 14 feet high, 157 by 190 feet at the base, and 60 by 72 feet at the summit. The mound was built . . . — Map (db m10581) HM
Louisiana (East Carroll Parish), Transylvania — Julice Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Julice is a 9-foot-tall mound that is 130 by 65 feet at the base. The mound is rectangular with a flat top. However, it was square before the east side was altered for the highway. Pottery found near the mound suggests Indians built it around AD . . . — Map (db m89788) HM
Louisiana (East Carroll Parish), Transylvania — Transylvania Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Transylvania once had up to 12 mounds. Only 6 are visible now. The mounds were rectangular in shape with flat tops prior to being altered in historic times. The largest is nearly 34 feet tall. It is in the center of the site and overlooks 2 plaza . . . — Map (db m89789) HM
Louisiana (Madison Parish), Mound — Fitzhugh Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Fitzhugh once had 7 mounds and a linear earthen ridge leading to the site from the west. Now only 2 mounds remain. The largest is square with a flat top. It is 10 feet tall and 150 by 150 feet at the base. The smaller mound is 4 feet tall and 200 . . . — Map (db m89061) HM
Louisiana (Madison Parish), Talulah — Schicker Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Schicker Mound is a 5-foot-tall platform mound that is 115 by 115 feet at the base. The age is unknown. The mound was 12 feet tall before the house was constructed on top in the 1920s. The LaSalle Street Mound, located only 300 feet due west, may . . . — Map (db m89795) HM
Louisiana (Madison Parish), Tendal — Tendal Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Tendal is a platform mound with sides that face the four cardinal directions. It is 6½ feet tall and 165 by 230 feet at the base. The mound was flat on top even before the house was constructed. Artifacts found here suggest the mound was built . . . — Map (db m89040) HM
Louisiana (Richland Parish), Delhi — Marsden Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Marsden is a group of 5 mounds that were once linked by a D-shaped ridge. The largest mound is platform shaped and is 13 feet tall and 150 by 150 feet at the base. The other 4 mounds are only 3 to 5 feet tall. People lived here as early as 1500 BC, . . . — Map (db m105218) HM
Louisiana (Tensas Parish), Newellton — Balmoral Mounds Ancient Mounds Trail
Balmoral has 3 mounds that form an equilateral triangle. The one on this side of the road is 8 feet high and conical. The one farthest south and across the road is an 11 foot high platform mound. The one to the north of it is 9 feet high and . . . — Map (db m51633) HM
Louisiana (West Carroll Parish), Epps — Lower Jackson Mound Ancient Mounds Trail
Lower Jackson, located one-half mile south of this highway, was once thought to be part of the nearby Poverty Point site. However, charcoal found beneath the mound dates it to 3500 BC, 2000 years earlier than Poverty Point. The mound was built in a . . . — Map (db m109313) HM
Louisiana (West Carroll Parish), Pioneer — Poverty Point Earthworks Ancient Mounds Trail
Poverty Point is a complex of six mounds and six semi-circular ridges built about 1500 BC. The earthworks at this site were the largest in the Western Hemisphere at that time. Many of the artifacts found here show these Indians had an extensive . . . — Map (db m109314) HM

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