Houston Museum of Natural Science

Excursion – Archaeology of Poverty Point UNESCO World Heritage Site (1700 BC)

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Trading hub, engineering marvel, monument to ingenuity, and North America's largest archaic complex--Poverty Point is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join HMNS curator of archaeology Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout on a trip to this unique site that dates back to 1700 BC. After an introduction in the museum, our group will see demonstrations in flint knapping, earth oven cooking and spear-throwing with an atlatl. After a guided tram tour of the main areas of the complex, we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Then we will embark on a 2.6 mile walking tour with site archaeologist Dr. Diana Greenlee to see sites not generally accessible to the public. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Poverty Point UNESCO World Heritage Site, one hour northeast of Monroe, Louisiana off I-20. Map, directions and lodging suggestions will be emailed to those registered for the trip.

Limited to 35 participants


  • Monday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Members $63, Tickets $83

Directions & Parking

  • Poverty Point UNESCO World Heritage Site

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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