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Mounds built by Indians at Marksville, 50 A.D.
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 Commission.

Originally submitted by: John Cooksey, Representative (5th District).

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