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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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  • Very large Indian mounds. interesting history and story. It is right off the Natchez Trace Pkwy. A nice stop and rest. However it is a take it or leave it. 
  • This is on the new mound trail, right off the Natchez Trace. There is a nice sign explaining the site. Fairly easy access to the top of the mound where you can get a good sense of the size of the moun...  more »
  • Basically this is one of the recommended sights on the Natchez Trace. There is a history but little is visible You have to use your imagination. Not sure if there's anything that could be done to make...  more »