Weediness: Modern, Historic, and Prehistoric Plants at Poverty Point, LA

Author(s): Elizabeth Scharf

Year: 2015


With construction beginning about 3,700 years ago, Poverty Point (16WC5) in northeast Louisiana is one of the earliest and largest sites of its kind in the United States. What were conditions like when people began constructing the mounds? What kind of environment did they live in? How did this change (or not change) over time? This poster presents lithological and palynological evidence covering the period before, during, and after prehistoric occupation at this site. Comparing and contrasting prehistoric with historic and modern vegetation in the area reveals how vegetation has changed over the last half of the Holocene, putting both past and present environmental conditions into perspective.

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Weediness: Modern, Historic, and Prehistoric Plants at Poverty Point, LA. Elizabeth Scharf. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397893)

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Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;