Student handout

Poverty Point Cooking Balls

Poverty Point cooking balls were made by mixing loess soil and water. Try different ways of rolling your hands to make the cylindrical and melon shaped balls. It may take practice to get a biconical or diamond shape. You can add grooves with your fingers if you would like. Your cooking ball should be a size that will fit comfortably in your hand. You could use your cooking balls in an earth oven to prepare dinner! Good luck!

Clarence H. Webb (1982)
courtesy of LSU Dept. of Geography and Anthropology