What Was the Process of Developing the Nomination?
In 2008, the U.S. selected 14 properties for a Tentative List for future nomination. Poverty Point State Historic Site was selected for that list, making it the first and only Louisiana property eligible for World Heritage listing.
The Poverty Point Station Archaeologist, Dr. Diana Greenlee, led the multi-year project to prepare the World Heritage nomination. She worked closely with staff in the Office of Cultural Development and the Office of State Parks in the Louisiana Lieutenant Governor's Office. For more information, contact Dr. Greenlee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many individuals and governmental agencies provided funding and content for the project.
What Is Special about the Poverty Point Site?
The earthworks are massive: 5 mounds and 6 C-shaped ridges surround a huge plaza.
The geometric design is unique in the world and is a masterpiece of engineering.
The site is 3,500 years old.
At the time the earthworks were constructed, they were the largest in North America.
The site was the major political, trading, and ceremonial center of its day in North America.
The people who built and lived at the site did not raise crops.