Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez

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The 128-acre Grand Village of the Natchez Indians site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, and three ceremonial mounds. Grand Village is a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Two of the mounds, the Great Sun's Mound and the Temple Mound, have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple's inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated.

After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand Village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of "time capsule" from the Natchez Indians' past.

Additional features of the site include a nature trail and a Visitor Center with gift shop featuring Native American crafts. Admission is free.
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  • I had no idea that there were artifacts from such a long time before any europeans had any contact with people in america (the natchez and their relatives). The bookstore was practically a library in ...  more »
  • An interesting center to show and explain the location and history of the local native indian population when Natchez was developed.  more »
  • I saw a number of mounds on my drive down the Natchez Trace. This site ties them together and makes them real. Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.  more »
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  • I'ed been 15 years ago and returned . Can tell they need more community support. I do love the concept tho.
  • Lots of history. Informative video with a small touch table for the children. The walk to see the mounds is short and easy. unfortunately the Indian dwelling was down for renovation and the nature trail attached had no information on it, so we decided not to try in out. Free and informative.
  • We went for a ride and ended up here, what a pleasant day.
  • This is a historic and sacred site. It is not the largest but it is / was very important.
  • History is awesome!

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