DePrato Mounds
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 31.626469 Longitude: -91.576452
Driving Directions:
— From US 65/US 425 in Ferriday, head west on US 84. Go 1.3 miles to marker on right.
— From La 566, head east on US 84. Go 5.6 miles to marker on left.
Number of Mounds: 5 Number of Visible Mounds: 5
Summer Viewing: Excellent Winter Viewing: Excellent

DePrato, a complex of five dome-shaped mounds, encompasses about four acres just east of where Black Bayou and Bayou Cocodrie meet. The site, formerly called Ferriday Mounds, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Because the site has flooded repeatedly, about 3 feet of sediment covers the base of the mounds and the plaza between them, so the mounds appear smaller than their actual height of 5 to 6 feet. The largest mound (Md. C) is 82 by 66 feet at the base, and the others average 65 feet square. Radiocarbon testing and decorated pottery date the mounds to about AD 600 (Troyville/Coles Creek periods). Excavations found human remains in three of the mounds. One of the mounds (Md. D) was mostly removed for highway construction, and a house is built on another (Md. E).