Archaeologist Re-examines Mound Data at Poverty Point State Historic Site -- 07/06/2006
Office of State ParksFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2006
Archaeologist Re-examines Mound Data at Poverty Point State Historic Site
Epps - Archaeologist Dr. T.R. Kidder and a crew from Washington University of St. Louis will visit Poverty Point State Historic Site July 16 - 22, to study soil core samples of Mound A, the central element in the site's archaeological landscape. Research over the past five years at the site has revealed considerable evidence that rather than being built all at once, the largest earthwork at the site was constructed in two distinct episodes separated by a significant period of time. The western section of the mound, known as the cone, was built first, possibly as early as the Middle Archaic period (6000 - 3000 B.C.E.). The eastern platform section was added later, at sometime around 1450 B.C.E.
Excavations by Kidder in the summer of 2005 showed that eastern platform of the mound was built as a single stage construction over a period of less than two months, possibly in less than a month. The discovery cast a new light on traditional hunter-gatherer behavior, as hunter-gatherers are not generally credited with the organizational capacity to undertake such a labor effort. In addition, such a work force would indicate a larger population density at the site than previously believed. Analyses of the cores will be conducted in the geoarchaeology lab at Washington University. Particle size analysis will be conducted using a laser-diffraction particle size analyzer, made available through the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology.
Poverty Point SHS offers visitors the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1700 to 700 B.C.E. The $2/per person admission provides access to the museum, a 2-1/2 mile hike, video and the tram tour. Tour times are 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on LA 577. For more information, call 888- 926-5492 toll free or email email@example.com.