Poverty Point

Poverty Point Mound A

Stonehenge, the Pyramids, Newgrange – these are some of the many memorable constructions of the ancient world.  Why did the ancient people of North America not build anything similarly massive?  Actually, they did.  But instead of building with stone, they built with what they had: dirt.Last week Cathy and I visited the Poverty Point archeological site in northeastern Louisiana.  At first glance it’s unimpressive: a series of low ridges that could be overlooked if not for the mowing pattern … [Read more...]