Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point owes its name to a 19th-century plantation close to the site, which is in the Lower Mississippi Valley on a slightly elevated and narrow landform.

The complex comprises five mounds, six concentric semi-elliptical ridges separated by shallow depressions and a central plaza. It was created and used for residential and ceremonial purposes by a society of hunter fisher-gatherers between 3700 and 3100 BP.

It is a remarkable achievement in earthen construction in North America that was unsurpassed for at least 2,000 years.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point

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Region
North America
Country
USA 
Category
Cultural
Name
Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)
Year of Registered
2014
Keyword
Registered in 2014