Visit the Poverty Point State Commemorative Area!

Much of the Poverty Point site is owned by the state of Louisiana and is operated by the Office of State Parks. The Poverty Point State Commemorative Area is in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on LA 577. From Monroe, go east on I-20 approximately 35 miles to the Delhi exit. Travel north on LA 17 to Epps, east on LA 134, and north on LA 577.

Poverty Point State Commemorative Area has a museum with an audio-visual presentation and displays of artifacts found at the site. Picnic areas, an observation tower, restrooms, and tours are also available to visitors.

Poverty Point State Commemorative Area is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is $2.00 for visitors ages 13-61; school groups are free. Call 1-888-926-5492, toll-free, for more information, or to schedule group visits. To receive a brochure about the Poverty Point State Commemorative Area, contact the Office of State Parks, P.O. Box 44426, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426; 1-225-342-8111 or 1-888-677-1400.


Nancy Hawkins, the Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Archaeology, has been of invaluable assistance in developing and editing these activities. She has helped by explaining archaeological concepts, reading for clarity, and making marvelous suggestions for improving the activities.

Robert Connolly, the Station Archaeologist at the Poverty Point State Commemorative Area, is a teacher's dream come true! Dr. Connolly has answered countless questions, provided resources for activities, and given presentations to my classes. He has corresponded by e-mail with my students, answering their questions in language they could understand and providing them with an "on line" expert.

Both Ms. Hawkins and Dr. Connolly are outstanding educators who have done a marvelous job of promoting archaeological education in Louisiana. They are to be commended for their tireless efforts on behalf of the children of Louisiana.

Drawings of artifacts, graphs, and maps used in some activities were enlarged from those found in The Poverty Point Culture by Clarence Webb. This monograph was published in 1982 by the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Drawings from Jon L. Gibson's Poverty Point: A Terminal Archaic Culture of the Lower Mississippi Valley were used as well. That booklet was published by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in 1996. All of these drawings are used with permission and many thanks. The original drawings done in pen and ink and the photographs of students were created by the author.

Help on atlatl construction was provided by Richard VanderHoek. Drawings of an atlatl and pump drill from the Poverty Point State Commemorative Area provided the inspiration for the adaptations of them included here. Staff at the Poverty Point Commemorative Area also demonstrated and explained earth oven cooking and throwing a spear with an atlatl. Staff at the Marksville State Commemorative Area are to be credited with demonstrating palmetto hut construction.

Thanks to the students at Buchanan Elementary, G.W. Carver Primary, and Gonzales Middle School, some of whom are pictured in the activities. Their enthusiasm for learning about Poverty Point led to the development of these activities.

The Ascension Parish School Board has been gracious in granting me a semester's leave in order to complete this project. I appreciate their understanding and cooperation because this could never have been a weekends and evenings project.

Thanks to the Kelly G. Cook Foundation for the materials and computer equipment they provided for a multimedia HyperStudio classroom project which in turn sparked the idea for this project.

There could never be enough love and appreciation for Steve and the Buco children.

About the Author

Deborah Buco has been teaching elementary and middle school for over 17 years. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling, and certification in gifted education. Deborah is currently teaching in Ascension Parish. Deborah has taught the Poverty Point unit with elementary and middle school students. Deborah and Nancy Hawkins have presented these activities at several teacher workshops and conferences, always to an enthusiastic audience.

About the Division of Archaeology

The Division of Archaeology is a state agency that works to record and protect Louisiana's irreplaceable archaeological sites. It also promotes an understanding of these sites by providing information to the public, and especially to educators, through publications, exhibits, and classroom activities. Contact the Division of Archaeology to receive these free materials about Louisiana archaeology:

The Division of Archaeology, which is a part of the Office of Cultural Development in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, can be contacted in the following ways:

Division of Archaeology
P.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Telephone: 1-225-342-8170