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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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  • A definite stop when you are traveling the Natchez Parkway. You will be impressed by the size of it and the area is quite beautiful in general. The information posted there helps to visualize what thi...  more »
  • I would say not worth driving way out of your way to see but quite interesting to see it and speculate on it's purpose if you are passing close by it. Does give you sort of an odd feeling when you are...  more »
  • 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.