Poverty Point National Monument | MOUND B

Mound B at Poverty Point National Monument

Mound B at Poverty Point National Monument



Mound B

Stops 14 and 15 on the walking tour of Poverty Point National Monument (Stops 5 and 6 on the driving tour) focus on Mound B. Stop 14 / Stop 5 points out that the field surrounding Mound B may have been inhabited by roaming hunter-gatherers prior to the Poverty Point period. This theory is based on spear points found on the field. There is also a depression in the landscape indicating that this area was used as a borrow pit for building the surrounding mounds and ridges. Up to six feet of dirt was removed.

Stop 15 / Stop 6 is at the mound itself, which is the oldest mound at Poverty Point. Construction began around 1650 BC according to the radiocarbon dating of a piece of charcoal found during an excavation. Mound B is currently 21 feet tall and has a base diameter of 180 feet. The mound was built over time in seven stages. Three of these stages resulted in flat-topped platforms where archaeologists found firepits, charcoal, and postholes, so the mound may once have held structures. As uses for the mound changed and more layers were added, the Poverty Point people for some reason decided to make it conical, which is typical of a burial mound. However, Mound B is not a burial mound. It remained conical until it was once again altered in 1955 during an archaeological excavation.

Mound B at Poverty Point National Monument

Mound B at Poverty Point National Monument

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Stop 16: Nature Watch | Stop 13: Old Harlin Bayou | Walking Tour Main Page

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Stop 7: Nature Watch | Stop 4: Borrow Area | Driving Tour Main Page

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Last updated on November 8, 2022
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