Follow In The Footsteps Of Ancient Engineers

Now a nearly forgotten culture, Poverty Point at its peak 3,000 years ago was part of an enormous trading network that stretched for hundreds of miles across the continent. It was - and is - also an engineering marvel, the product of five million hours of labor. Explore the culture of a highly sophisticated people who left behind one of North America’s most important archeological sites.

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State Historic Site Sign

Poverty Point Designated as World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the prehistoric monumental earthworks of Poverty Point as the nation's 22nd World Heritage Site.

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Plan Your Expedition

Plan Your Expedition

Poverty Point is managed by the state of Louisiana (no federal facilities at the site).

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Arrowheads and Earth Mounds

Arrowheads and Earth Mounds

Discover how archeologists put together the pieces to glimpse the daily lives of Poverty Point’s people.

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24/7 Treasures

24/7 Treasures

The virtual museums of the National Park Service hold treasures from ancient baskets to dinosaur bones to artworks. “Walk” on in!

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