The Heart of Louisiana: LSU Indian Mounds

A sign says they're Indian mounds. But a few tall tales say otherwise.

Because the LSU Indian Mounds have always been a part of the landscape on LSU’s campus, they may be taken for granted.

Rebecca Saunders is curator of the LSU Museum of Natural Science and over the last few decades, scientists have studied core samples from the mounds. In the 1980s, the LSU Indian Mounds were dated at 5,000 years old.  But as technology improved, the mounds aged even more.

They are now among the oldest-known man-made structures in the United States. But they were not burial mounds, more likely a gathering place.  In recent years, the mounds have been fenced off on LSU game days to keep large groups of tailgaters off the fragile structures.

The mounds are now getting more careful attention. For archaeologists, it’s about saving an ancient piece of history, the remains of a lost culture, with its own traditions that were formed 6,000 years before LSU.

Learn more at the LSU Museum of Natural Science’s website: CLICK HERE