Poverty Point nominated as a World Heritage Site
NEW ORLEANS - Poverty Point State Historic Site and National Monument in West Carroll Parish has been nominated for inclusion on the World Heritage site list.
If approved, the prehistoric earthworks would join the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef on the list of 962 sites in 157 countries designated as the most significant cultural and natural sites in the world. The U.S. currently has 21 areas listed as World Heritage Sites.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the nomination Thursday.
Poverty Point is a vast, integrated complex of earthen monuments constructed up to 3,700 years ago. It consists of six concentric earthen ridges with an outer diameter of more than a half-mile, and several large mounds, including one of the largest in North America.