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.
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