Coordinates: Latitude: 32.486361 Longitude: -91.491666
— From La 134, head south on La 17. Go 8.8 miles to
Poverty Point Parkway at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park;
turn left. Go 0.3 mile to pull-off; marker is on right.
— From US 80, head north on La 17. Go 1.7 miles to Poverty
Point Parkway at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park; turn
right. Go 0.3 mile to pull-off; marker is on right.
of Mounds: 5, 1 embankment
of Visible Mounds: 5, 1 embankment
is a group of five mounds and parts of an earthen embankment.
Unlike most of the other sites on the Mounds Trail, it is open
to the public and is accessible by foot. Four of the mounds (Md.
A–Md. D) are along the east edge of Maçon Ridge,
and the embankment apparently connects three of them. The largest
mound (Md. E) and another portion of the embankment are in a wooded
area about 300 feet to the southwest; it’s a 13-foot-tall
platform mound, measuring 150 feet square at its base and about
130 feet square at the summit. The other mounds are only 3 to
5 feet tall. Poverty Point period artifacts found under the mounds
suggest that people lived here as early as 1500 BC. Charcoal from
a hearth under one of the smaller mounds dates to between AD 400
and AD 1200 (Troyville/Coles Creek periods).
For more information about visiting Poverty Point Reservoir State
Park, where Marsden Mounds are located, click