Posted by: noadventure | November 8, 2009

Poverty Point

Poverty Point is the name of a Louisiana State Park / National Monument in the northwest corner of the state. It is in the middle of fucking nowhere.

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“Poverty Point is the largest and most complex Late Archaic earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America(wikipedia).” Basically, Native Americans built this huge collection of earthen mounds sometime between 1650 – 700 BCE. The highest mound was over 100 feet tall! Now you can walk on it – check it out:

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Here’s me in front of a scale model next to the parking lot.

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And the aerial view…

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Scientists once believed that the mounds were built gradually over centuries, but recent research has indicated that the largest mound was actually built in only 3 months! Other Indian mounds closer to New Orleans can be found in Natchez, MS and in Baton Rouge near LSU.

While we were in this region(the least populated corner of the state), we also stopped in Transylvania, LA. This town has exactly jack shit in it except for one gas station “gift shop” where you can buy Transylvania, LA t-shirts. We bought one of course; it smells like cheese fries and fits terribly. Gross.

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