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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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  • September 28, 2017
    A beautiful experience for the open-minded. A Nice side trip for those who love nature. I love the fresh air!  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    This huge mound was built by Indians carrying moderate-sized baskets of soil. A large bushel-basket of soil is so heavy that most people could not carry it. This was a massive enterprise made by a hig...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    There is good signage explaining the site. You have to use your imagination but it was once a bustling center. This is the second largest mound site in America and it is amazing to think of doing this...  more »

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