ANCIENT MOUNDS OF WATSON BRAKE
Oldest Earthworks in North America
By Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore
Illustrated by Rick Anderson
“Watson Brake is a special place in Louisiana history. . . . The efforts of Reca Jones to document and understand the mounds is an exciting story.”
—Dr. Charles “Chip” McGimsey, Louisiana State archaeologist
As archaeologist Reca Jones cooks with her grandchildren, the blocks of fudge they make remind her of the clay she discovered at the mounds of Watson Brake near West Monroe, Louisiana. The inquisitive kids ask their grandmother many questions, and she explains the significance of the mysterious mounds, and then takes them to the site. To the children’s astonishment, Reca reveals such artifacts as spear points, fishhooks, beads, and bones from the animals eaten by dwellers long ago. Each relic is a clue to the puzzling origin of an archeological site older than the pyramids of Egypt.
Detailed illustrations provide an accurate depiction of the mounds at Watson Brake, which form an oval-shaped ring around an area the size of three football fields. Although no human bones have been found at the site, some archaeologists speculate that the mounds were built for religious ceremonies or even flood protection. A brief biography of the real Reca Jones completes this unique and fascinating story.
About the Authors
Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore are the authors Mimi’s First Mardi Gras, Mimi and Jean-Paul’s Cajun Mardi Gras, Louisiana Indian Tales, and Evangeline for Children, all published by Pelican. They were raised in Louisiana, which serves as the inspiration for their children’s books. They graduated from Newcomb College, and Couvillon later earned a master of arts in teaching degree from Tulane University. The authors reside in Covington, Louisiana.
About the Illustrator
Award-winning illustrator Rick Anderson is also the illustrator of Pelican’s Racecar Driver’s Night Before Christmas and Christmas Stories from the South’s Best Writers. He frequently speaks at children’s book festivals and conducts such workshops as “The Positive Role the Arts Play in No Child Left Behind.” After receiving a degree in art education from Delta State University, Anderson taught the subject for twenty-five years. He resides in Clinton, Mississippi.
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Prehistory
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illus.