Louisiana is famous for Mardi Gras, gumbo, and jazz music, but did you know that it’s home to an ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site? Poverty Point State Historic Site preserves what remains of a massive earthworks complex. Sometime between 1700 and 1100 BC, an ancient indigenous culture constructed this impressive site in northeastern Louisiana over generations. It was rediscovered by Americans in the 19th century and named after a plantation that was on the site.

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Poverty Point State Historic Site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on admission, programs, and the site’s history, check out the park’s website.

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