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Emerald Mound, Natchez

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The Emerald Mound Site, also known as the Sellerstown site, is a Plaquemine culture Mississippian period archaeological site located on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Stanton, Mississippi, United States. The site dates from the period between 1200 and 1730 CE. It is the type site for the Emerald Phase of the Natchez Bluffs Plaquemine culture chronology and was still in use by the later historic Natchez people for their main ceremonial center. The platform mound is the second-largest Pre-Columbian earthwork in the country, after Monk's Mound at Cahokia, Illinois.The mound covers eight acres, measuring 770ft by 435ft at the base and is 35ft in height. Emerald Mound has a flat top with two smaller secondary mounds at each end. It was constructed around a natural hill. Travelers in the early 19th century noted a number of adjoining mounds and an encircling ditch that are no longer present.This site once had six other secondary mounds which were lost due to the plowing of the surface of the mound. Emerald Mound was stabilized by the National Park Service in 1955. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
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  • Visited today with friends. This is a sixty foot mound in an otherwise flat area built up by ancient Indians. You can climb to the top but it can be slick as it is covered in grass. A must see if you ...  more »
  • While emerald mound will not be for everyone, it is a unique and noteworthy site to explore. The second largest Indian mound north of Mexico presents a quick walk up to the top with some amazing views...  more »
  • We drove the lower 60 miles of the Natchez Trace in a morning and this was one of the highlights of the trip. It is a bit off the Trace, and the road to it is not the best. But it is worth the trouble...  more »

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