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Location: Louisiana         Length: 15 min


Two thousand years ago, people in central Louisiana developed a complex culture represented today by a group of earthworks and mounds protected today at the site of Marksville. The Marksville culture, a southeastern variant of the Hopewell culture centered in Ohio and Illinois, embraced elaborate mortuary rituals, constructed conical burial mounds and other earthworks, and had complex trade networks and decorative pottery. This video describes the Marksville site and the remarkable prehistoric American society that built it.


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Copyright 2000 by Louisiana Educational Television Authority and Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism


A production of Office of State Parks; State of Louisiana, Office of the Lieutenant Governor; Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism; and Louisiana Public Broadcasting



Web links:


History of the Kisatchee National Forest

Louisiana Division of Archaeology: Office of Cultural Development (Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism)

Marksville State Historic Site

Southeastern Prehistory: Woodland Period (Southeast Archaeological Center)