It's "not poor, it’s not on a point, it’s nowhere near New Orleans..."
June 23, 2014 12:57 PM Subscribe
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On Sunday, Poverty Point, LA
, was granted World Heritage
recognition by UNESCO's (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Committee.Poverty Point is the name of a vast, subtle ruin on the bank of today’s Bayou Macon, a tributary of the Mississippi in northeastern Louisiana, partway between Monroe, and Vicksburg MS. Turn north off I-20 and you can be there in about half an hour. Its awkward name comes from that of a plantation that once occupied the area. The site is the largest known complex built that long ago by hunter-gatherers in North America, maybe even in the world. What amazes archaeologists is that hunter-gatherers aren’t supposed to build city-like complexes. Normally, it takes more developed agricultural cultures to do that...
From the Louisiana Department of Cultural Development: "What is special about the Poverty Point site?
The earthworks are massive: 5 mounds and 6 C-shaped ridges surround a huge plaza.
The geometric design is unique in the world and is a masterpiece of engineering.
The site is 3,400 years old.
At the time the earthworks were constructed, they were the largest in North America.
The site was the major political, trading, and ceremonial center of its day in North America.
The people who built and lived at the site did not raise crops.
The state hopes the World Heritage designation will encourage tourism.