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Poverty Point National Monument

Poverty Point National Monument honors an ancient culture and contains some of North America's largest prehistoric earthworks.

managed by the state of Louisiana, these state park facilities are open to the public. Now a nearly forgotten culture, Poverty Point at its peak 3,000 years ago was part of an enormous trading network that stretched for hundreds of miles across the continent. It was - and is - also an engineering marvel, the product of five million hours of labor. Explore the culture of a highly sophisticated people who left behind one of North America's most important archeological sites.