Polished bone awls and needles are among the tools found at Poverty Point.
Built around 1700 B.C., Mound B is a small, conical mound 21 feet tall and 180 feet in diameter.
Archaeologists have found many flat stone artifacts believed to be atlatl weights.
Archaeologists have found more than 100 small clay figurines at Poverty Point.
Decorative clay objects are some of the most unusual and beautiful artifacts found at the site.
Researchers have found more than 8,000 intact projectile points at Poverty Point.
Mound A is the largest Poverty Point mound at 72 feet tall, 710 feet long and 660 feet wide.
People moved soil by hand, basketload by basketload, without the assistance of domesticated animals or wheeled carts.
Most of the animal remains found on-site were from locally caught fish in this hunter-gatherer community. © Martin Pate
The mystery of Poverty Point World Heritage Site dates back more than 3,400 years. Learn more below about the people, mounds and artifacts left behind representing an exceptional hunter-gatherer tradition.