The Crescent-Shaped Earthwork In Louisiana That Still Baffles Archaeologists To This Day

Named after the prehistoric indigenous people who lived in the Lower Mississippi River Valley, Poverty Point is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s over 3,000 years old. Archaeologists are still trying to piece together the puzzle and solve what might just be the biggest mystery in Louisiana. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible feat of engineering, shall we?

You can visit Poverty Point and see the earthworks for yourself. There are boardwalk trails that take you along the ridges and mounds and all across the 345-acre site. Don’t forget to check out the visitor’s center, where you can see some of the relics they’ve uncovered. Go ahead and make a long weekend out of it and rent a cabin at the nearby Poverty Point State Park, one of the most underrated state parks in Louisiana.

Address: Poverty Point World Heritage Site, 6859 LA-577, Pioneer, LA 71266, USA