MSU students prepare for La. excavation

Published 4:23 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Archaeologists and students from Mississippi State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe will meet up next month for a dig at the nationally famous Poverty Point State Historic Site.

Located near Epps, La., the site involves the largest, most complex earthwork of its age in North America with artifacts dating to 1000-2000 B.C. It has a complex of Native American ceremonial mounds built between 1700 and 700 B.C.

Teams will spend the entire month of June putting into practice techniques learned in the classroom.

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The 402-acre park includes five mounds and six nested semi-elliptical earthen ridges that enclose a flat 37-acre plaza. The focus of current excavations is the buried circles in the plaza.