Mound D

     Although Mound D is part of the site, American Indians built it much later than the other mounds. The mound dates to around A.D. 700. This was almost 2,000 years after the people of Poverty Point made the last mound, Mound F. A later group of American Indians built Mound D during the Late Woodland period. People made many other mounds in Louisiana during this period.


     Mound D is a flat-topped mound and is almost rectangular in shape. It is 6 feet tall and 100 feet wide by 130 feet long at its base. It is the only mound built on one of the site's ridge segments. American Indians made the mound using earth taken from the surface of the site. Poverty Point artifacts mixed in the soil were included in this much later mound.

     When American Indians built Mound D, they were reusing the site. This made them part of the site's story even though that story started long before them. Later, nineteenth-century settlers reused the site, too, building a farm there. The site gets its name from one of these historic farms. Gravestones on Mound D mark the burials of two of these early settlers.

Photo of Mound D and headstones marking the burials of two nineteenth century settlers.


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