It's no secret that Louisiana's one-of-a-kind culture spans hundreds of centuries, but you may not know it actually goes back thousands of years to a time when prehistoric cultures built immense earthen mounds. These architectural feats were used for ceremonial, burial and other purposes, and there are more than 700 recorded mound sites in Louisiana. Nearly 40 of these sites are designated with markers and are featured in a driving trail guide, Indian Mounds of Northeast Louisiana. Tour mound sites yourself and learn more about this ancient practice in Catahoula Parish, where nine are located.
The Catahoula Parish mounds include:
Troyville: The town of Jonesville sits on top of an ancient Indian site called Troyville, which at one time included nine Indian mounds with an earthen embankment on two sides and rivers on the other two sides. One of the mounds of Troyville is called the Great Mound because it was the tallest mound in Louisiana and the second tallest in North America before it was torn down. Local residents are constructing a replica of the Great Mound using the dirt from the original mound.
Peck Mounds: This refers to a five-mound complex and is located in Sicily Island. Archaeologist James A. Ford conducted a landmark study here in 1933 when he established vertical stratification still used in archaeology today.
Harrisonburg Mounds: These are comprised of two conical mounds not far from the Ouachita River.
Other ancient mounds in Catahoula include; Alexander Mound, Boothe Landing Mound, McGuffee Mounds, Tew Lake Mounds, Routon Mounds and Crooks Mounds.