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Poverty Point May Make List of World Heritage Sites

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EPPS, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Poverty Point may soon join other World Heritage Sites worldwide such as the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge or the Pyramids.  A new group has been formed, advocates for Poverty Point, to raise public awareness of the national monument  located in rural North Louisiana.

"There should be a visit this summer by officials with the World Heritage Site.  Then by next summer, 2014, we should have a final decision."

Meanwhile, there is a new look for the ancient earthworks located near Epps.  Dr Stringer tells us that researchers recommended that the trees be removed from the mounds.

"The native grasses really do a better job of preventing erosion.  If you haven't been to Poverty Point in a couple years, its really different.  You're really able to see the mound."

This is mound "A", the largest at Poverty Point...also known at the "bird mound", it rises about 72 feet above the rest of the site.  From the air it takes the shape of a giant bird...birds were common in the art of the people who lived here.  Archeologists believe work began here between 3 and 4 thousand years ago.

"It is very unique in the time of history . Plus it also had these trade routes. It was just way, way before it's time."

The Advocates for Poverty Point have a golf tournament scheduled for June 19th at the Black Bear Country Club near Delhi to raise funds in support of the site.  Plans are also in the works for a membership drive for individuals and corporate sponsors.

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