Poverty Point World Heritage Site is celebrating Archeology Month with several events throughout the month of October. International Archeology Day, October 15, as well as October 22 and 29 will feature special activities. Visitors will be able to experience these events after paying the $4 admission fee. Children under 12 and those 62 or older will be admitted for free. For more information, see the schedule below or click on the park’s logo.

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Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Spend International Archaeology Day learning about archaeology, take a guided tram tour of the 3 monumental earthworks with the Station Archaeologist, and try your hand at using the same types of tools used 3,500 years ago. Schedule of events is as follows:

10 a.m. – noon. Prehistoric tool demonstration

10 a.m. – noon. PPO & cooking matt-making, and earth oven demonstration

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Special guided tram tour by Station Archaeologist

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Flint knapping and atlatl demonstration

Oct. 22, 11 a.m.: Visitors will have a chance to observe how the Poverty Point people used clay cooking balls, or Poverty Point Objects (PPOs), to cook their food. Visitors can sample the food prepared in this ancient way.

Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m.: Participate in a ranger-guided hike around the 402-acre prehistoric site. The 2.6 mile hike will include all of the prehistoric mounds and ridges located on the site as well as the plaza. Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119