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Poverty Point Archeological Project

It was an absolute pleasure to Join Professors Rinita Dalen and George Holley with their archeology and geology students at Poverty Point State Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site in Louisiana, April 21. My job was to utilize the local clay sources to investigate the firing temperatures and forming methods of the famous Poverty Points objects and small figurines. This amazing but not well known site features monumental earthen ridges and mounds built by indigenous poverty point culture people dating back to 1700BC. We got to study and research hundreds of artifacts, run dozens of tests and soil core samples. Dr. Dalen and Holley have been working on the site for years. It was a thrill to join them and be a small part of the soil/allluvium/ceramic artifact analysis.

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