Talk:Poverty Point

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Site much older?[edit]

The book "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks" by Gregory L. Little states that "the mound and embankments are believed to have been built around 1800 B.C. However, recent research now points to part of the huge mound possibly being erected as early as 3800 B.C. An associated mound known as the Lower Jackson Mound, located about 1.6 miles to the south, has also been dated to about 3800 B.C.—making it the oldest known mound in America." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.204.137.98 (talk) 12:26, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Certainly not. Jackson Mound is not connected to Poverty Point in any way, just happens to be in the vicinity. There are very reliable dates for some of the Poverty Point mounds and the rings, all of them are in the 1650–1150 BCE range. The numbers are based on: Tristam R. Kidder, Anthony L. Ortmann, Lee J. Arco: Poverty Point and the Archaeology of Singularity. In: SAA Archaeological Record, Volume 8, Issue 5 (November 2008), page 10, and: Jon Gibson: The Ancient Mounds of Poverty Point. University of Florida Press, Gainsville et al, 2000, ISBN 0-8130-1833-1 And what kind of a book is your source? There is no record for an "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks" at the Library of Congress. The author seems to be connected with UFO and psychic nonsense. Please do not trust a book like that. --h-stt !? 07:35, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

Why is it called Poverty Point?[edit]

The name derives from the Poverty Point plantation, which included the site's land in modern times. See An Overview of Poverty Point from the Louisiana state government. WAvegetarian (talk) (email) (contribs) 21:09, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Caption of the drawing: If it is meant "Before Christ" (BC) the figures should be put in reverse order (1800 - 1350 BC). --charlandes 15:19, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

something's missing.[edit]

I have everything I need except... How tall is it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Irock67 (talkcontribs) 22:56, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

How tall is what? The height of the mounds is given in the article, the rings are estimated to have been around 6 feet tall at the time of building, today they are about 3 feet. Source: Jon Gibson: The Ancient Mounds of Poverty Point. University of Florida Press, Gainsville et al, 2000, ISBN 0-8130-1833-1 Does that answer your questions? --h-stt !? 07:17, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
No heights are given for Mounds A-E. On the other hand, "the Motley Mound rises 51 ft (16 m). The conical mound is circular and reaches a height of 24.5 ft (7.5 m)." Is this mound 51 ft or 24.5 ft high? 66.232.250.154 (talk) 20:11, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Poverty Point dates[edit]

added additional ref on PP construction dates. RobertMem (talk) 17:53, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Poverty Point dates[edit]

added additional ref on PP construction dates. Robertmem — Preceding unsigned comment added by RobertMem (talkcontribs) 15:30, 24 September 2013 (UTC)