Poverty Point State Historic Site
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|Facility:||Poverty Point State Historic Site|
|Description:||The time was eight centuries after Egyptian slaves dragged huge stones across the desert to build the Great Pyramids, and before the great Mayan pyramids were constructed. The place was a site in what is now northeastern Louisiana. The people were a highly civilized group who left behind one of the most important archaeological sites in North America.
The Poverty Point inhabitants, like the ancient Mayans, set for themselves an enormous task as they built a complex array of earthen mounds and ridges overlooking the Mississippi River flood plain. This accomplishment is particularly impressive for a pre-agricultural society. Poverty Point is indeed a rare remnant of an exceptional culture. It has been estimated that it took at least five million hours of labor to build the massive earthworks.
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|Address 1:||6859 Highway 577|
|V I S I T I N G I N F O|
|Hours:||9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours are offered daily.|
|Admission:||$2 per person; free for seniors (62 and over) and for children age 12 and under. Groups are asked to call in advance.|
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