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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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  • Driving along the Natchez Trace there are several markers. This Mound is quite a sight to see. The signage is very informative about it. The Mound has a fence around it.  more »
  • The history is interesting. Great way to get some exercise. It's more like 2 mounds. The first climb is up a winding path to an elevated field, that's similar in size to a soccer/football field. The s...  more »
  • If you are driving The Natchez Trace and see the marker and turn off for these grounds, stop and pay a visit. This is the site of the 2nd largest mound in North America. There are a few signs to read ...  more »