We’re happy that Louisiana’s Poverty Point has been nominated for a spot on the World Heritage List, an international roster of sites that have particularly profound significance in world history. The nomination was prepared by state officials and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Currently only 21 U.S. sites are on the list, which includes sites from around the world. An international panel based in Paris will decide by 2014 whether to place Poverty Point on the list. We hope Poverty Point makes the cut.

Located by West Carroll Parish in north Louisiana, Poverty Point includes huge earthen mounds presumably built by Native Americans at least 3,000 years ago. One scholar has called Poverty Point “the origin of civilization in North America.”

We believe the site is worthy of international interest, and Louisiana residents are lucky to have such a treasure within the state.