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Jul 22, 2011 5:58 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

World Heritage status sought for Poverty Point

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is working with the federal government to put the Poverty Point State Historic Site in northeast Louisiana on the World Heritage Site list.
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Thursday that the Office of State Parks and Cultural Development and the U.S. Department of the Interior hope to complete the application by 2013.
Dardenne says the complex of earthen mounds, concentric ridges and a large plaza at the site were built over 3,000 years ago by a hunter-gather settlement, possibly the largest to have ever existed. The site is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced last week that he would propose the site to be considered as a U.S. nomination.

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