By Mona L. Hayden  Louisiana Road Trips Magazine

WPoverty Point Logoritten by Jenny Ellerbe and Diana M. Greenlee (LSU PRESS)

Recently designated a Unesco World Heritage Site (2014), Poverty Point’s earthen mounds and crescent shaped ridges are located near the village of Epps in northeast Louisiana, spanning 345 acres of historic property. Once the largest city in North America, the site includes mounds built by Native Americans between 1700 to 1100 BC.

Poverty Point’s significance as “the largest and most complex Late Archaic earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America” has eluded archaeologists and enticed tourists to this destination site since the early 20thcentury.

Fine Art Photographer Jenny Ellerbe has joined with Poverty Point station archaeologist Diana M. Greenlee to present this book, a merging of art and science, with well-documented facts and beautiful black and white photographs as well as their personal commentary of this phenomenal landmark. As Ellerbe paints portraits of the pasts with her camera, Dr. Greenlee shares the significance of archaeological finds, past and present.

Every Louisianan should take the opportunity to visit this Unesco World Heritage Site, whether on a road trip or through the pages of Poverty Point, Revealing the Forgotten City. Just one more reason to celebrate the diversity of this unique state.

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