Follow in the Footsteps of Ancient Engineers at Poverty Point

Poverty Point National Monument 

Follow in the Footsteps of Ancient Engineers at Poverty Point

Integrated complex of earthen mounds, enormous concentric ridges, and a large plaza,
The vast complex of structures, including an integrated complex of earthen mounds, enormous concentric ridges, and a large plaza, may be the largest hunter-gatherer settlement that ever existed.

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Visit 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 archaeological sites. 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.

This great archaeological site was built by an ancient hunter-gather society more than 3,000 years ago. The vast complex of structures, including an integrated complex of earthen mounds, enormous concentric ridges, and a large plaza, may be the largest hunter-gatherer settlement that ever existed.

Last updated: September 22, 2015