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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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  • Emerald Mound is huge, and occupies eight acres. After seeing so many mounds in the Louisiana/Mississippi area I wasn't expecting to find a mound impressive, but this large mound is definitely worth t...  more »
  • If you're touring the Natchez Trace, this is not a bad place to stop for a little while. However, the history of the mound people needs a lot more explanation. There are two signs at the mound that te...  more »
  • One of many interesting stops along the Natchez Trace Parkway. A little more of a detour than most Trace stops, but well worth it. Amazing to think how this was built and imagine what uses it had. It ...  more »