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A 22-minute film about the prehistoric earthworks in Louisiana that includes a 70-foot tall mound shaped like a giant bird will be shown at 7 p.m. Dec. 27, at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville.

The Louisiana Public Broadcasting documentary, "Poverty Point Earthworks: Evolutionary Milestones of the Americas," features the earthworks at the Poverty Point State Historic Site in northeastern Louisiana that date to 1750-1350 BC and consist of six concentric artificial earth embankments that would stretch 7.5 miles if laid end to end.

Poverty Point was home to one of the most important prehistoric cultures on the continent, and is one of the few archaeological and historic sites in North America that is a state historic site and national monument.

"The film will help to explain the site's many fascinating discoveries," David Rotenizer, site manager at Grave Creek Mound said in a release.

This event will be the last installment of Grave Creek's 2012 lecture and film series, which is held in conjunction with the Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Archaeological Society. Grave Creek will kick off its 2013 Lecture & Film Series at 7 p.m. Jan. 31, with a film titled "Ancient America: Eastern Woodlands."

For information, contact Andrea Keller at Andrea.K.Keller@wv.gov or 304-843-4128.