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Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point
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Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point

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Rank: 1001 UNESCO
Wonder Type: Cultural
Description:
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.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.