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Poverty Point Indian Mounds
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A model of the mounds at Poverty Point

A model of the mounds at Poverty Point

A scale model of the mound system at Poverty Point is a good introduction before actually visiting the mounds.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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Mound A rises 70 feet above the surrounding area

Mound A rises 70 feet above the surrounding area

This is the beginning of the trail to the top of Mound A. I will never forget this spot - I stepped in a fire ant nest.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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A boardwalk leads to the 70 foot high summit of Mound A at Poverty Point

A boardwalk leads to the 70 foot high summit of Mound A at Poverty Point

It is an amazing thought, that people carried the earth to build these mounds up here on their back in baskets. It was constructed in less than three months.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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Summit of Mound A, the Bird Mound, at Poverty Point

Summit of Mound A, the Bird Mound, at Poverty Point

This mound is T-shaped, hence its alternate name of Bird Mound. It consists of 238,000 cubic meters of fill, the second largest earthen mound known.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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Circumferential mounds are hard to spot

Circumferential mounds are hard to spot

The six concentric rings of mounds are low and were hard to discern in the flat light when I was there. The exception was in this open forested area where the low places between the linear mounds were shallowly flooded.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: April 9, 2015
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