Painting: Poverty Point Earthworks Named a World Heritage Site
This week’s Big Picture is a painting of Poverty Point by Martin Pate. The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, a state park in Louisiana, were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site—making it the 22nd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, which also includes the Grand Canyon and the Cahokia Mounds. The designation is a global recognition of the site’s universal value.
Poverty Point features an extensive collection of earthworks constructed 3,100 to 3,700 years ago including a vast complex of structures, enormous concentric ridges, and a large plaza. It may even be the largest hunter-gatherer settlement that ever existed.
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