Iberville Parish, Louisiana

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Iberville Parish (French: Paroisse d'Iberville) is a parish located south of Baton Rouge in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its seat is Plaquemine. In 2000, the population of the parish was 33,320.

Iberville Parish is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Baton Rouge–Pierre Part Combined Statistical Area.

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History

The parish is named for Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, who founded the French colony of Louisiana. A few archeological efforts have been made in the Parish, and the attention has lied mainly on the many Indian "mounds". Although the first expedition, led by Clarence B. Moore, was only an attempt at collecting data from a couple of the sites it set the groundwork for later projects. Clarence was mainly interested in the skeletal remains of the previous inhabitants, rather than excavating the decrepit pottery and furniture. Archeologists are especially interested in these sites because of their uniformity and size. Some of the mounds are seven hundred feet long, a hundred feet wide and six feet tall. Most of them contain human remains.[1]

Iberville Parish is represented in the Louisiana State Senate by the attorney Robert M. Marionneaux, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who has served in the Senate since 2000. Marionneaux was reared and still resides in Iberville Parish.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 653 square miles (1,691.3 km2), of which 619 square miles (1,603.2 km2) is land and 34 square miles (88.1 km2) (5.24%) is water.

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