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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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  • This is a free museum, very small but quite well done. Interesting and brief movie about a fascinating people. Well worth a visit  more »
  • No Panel in french we don't see as a large field with 3 mound the only interest is pretty average picnic hut or activity if there is time and a meal to the limit but the judgment does not justify otherwise
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  • Not much to see here. A couple of Indian mounds and a small museum. There was to be a Indian PowWow this weekend. I'm sure that would have been interesting.  more »
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  • 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.
  • This is a historic and sacred site. It is not the largest but it is / was very important.
  • Unfortunately, it's in Mississippi.
  • Beautiful and interesting with a nice nature trail
  • Great place to learn about the original inhabitants of Natchez, MS. They were known as The Noche' Indians