Poverty Point State Historic Site in northeast Louisiana was recently named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It is the 22nd UNESCO site in the U.S. Other domestic sites include the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon and international sites include Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids and the Roman Coliseum internationally.

Poverty Point, a Louisiana Office of State Parks property named for a plantation that occupied the site in the antebellum period, is an ancient Native American earthworks site that was created about 3,400 years ago. The network of five mounds, six concentric semi-elliptical ridges and a central plaza were used for residential and ceremonial purposes, and the landscape was the largest and the most elaborate of its time on the North American continent.

In addition, recovered artifacts displayed at the onsite museum, such as recovered projectile points and other stone tools made from raw materials that originated as far east as the Appalachian foothills of what is now Alabama and Georgia and as far north as the Tennessee and Ohio river valleys, indicate Poverty Point’s hunter-gatherer residents were part of an extensive Native American trading network

Already designated a Smithsonian Affiliate and a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Interior Department, Poverty Point is located near the town of Epps about 50 miles east of the city of Monroe. Visit LaStateParks.com for more information.