Thursday, September 4, 2014

Povert Point: Preservation of a Prehistoric World Heritage Site

Aerial Photo of Poverty Point.  Image Courtesy of Susan Guice and the NEH.
Aerial Photo of Poverty Point.
Image Courtesy of Susan Guice and the NEH.
August 7, 2014.
Ralph Canevali, of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has written an informative article about the history, preservation, and future of Poverty Point State Historic Site, located in northeastern Louisiana. Poverty Point was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and marks the 22nd World Heritage site in the U.S.

"Poverty Point was part of a larger cultural complex of mound builders that extended throughout the lower Mississippi River valley. Despite excavations that have uncovered stone tools, pottery, and other artifacts at Poverty Point, relatively little is known about the people who built the mounds. They were not farmers, but rather subsisted through hunting, gathering, and fishing. However, they also obtained goods from as far afield as the southern Appalachians and the upper Midwest."

To read the full article, click here.

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