Around 50 A.D., Indians built the mounds at Marksville.
Indians in Louisiana, 1700 to 1000 B.C.:
The Poverty Point Site
The earthworks at this Native American
archaeological site contain artifacts of a highly developed culture
dated between 1750 and 1350 B.C., before the construction of the
Mayan pyramids. They are the largest and most elaborate earthworks
of their age in the world. Archaeological evidence shows Poverty
Point was once a hub of government, trade, and religion for a group
of sites connected by streams in Arkansas, Mississippi, and
Louisiana. Today the site is a State Commemorative Area and
National Historic Landmark. A visitor center, museum, and an
archaeological research laboratory are located on the grounds. The
project includes a 22-minute videotape, an eight-page overview,
several brochures from the Office of State Parks, a report on
ancient mounds in Louisiana, an educational activity book called
Poverty Point Expeditions, and a scholarly publication on
Poverty Point from the Anthropological Story Series
published by the Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities
Originally submitted by: John Cooksey, Representative (5th District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.