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Poverty Point Historic Site

Images from Poverty Point Historic Site

Poverty Point's 6 concentric ridges were estimated to be 4 to 6 feet high at the time of their construction. The diameter of the outermost ridge is approximately three-quarters of a mile, while the diameter of the innermost ridge is roughly three-eights of a mile. 

At 72 feet tall, 710 feet long, and 660 feet wide, Mound A is one of the largest in North America.

Mound B was constructed around 1700 BCE, and is 21 feet tall with a diameter of 180 feet. 

Mound C is one of the site's smallest mounds, standing only 6.5 feet tall. It was the only mound built in the plaza area during the Late Archaic period. 

Mound D was constructed nearly 2000 years after the construction of the site's first mounds. 

Mound E is a flat-topped mound standing 13 feet tall, 360 feet wide, and 30 feet long. 

Mound F was recently discovered by archaeologists and was the last mound built during the Late Archaic period. The dome-shaped mound is 5 feet tall with a base of 80 feet by 100 feet.

The white cylinders in the plaza are meant to show visitors the size of the posts previously located in the plaza. 

Artifacts from Poverty Point Historic Site

Flat stone artifact which archaeologists believe to be an atlatl weight

Polished awls and needles made from bone

One of hundreds of clay figures found at Poverty Point

Beads recovered at Poverty Point

Spear tips recovered at Poverty Point