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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  • August 11, 2017
    Within a small Exposition and short introduction movie. Our kids could touch and various items we got explanation what what was a friendly employee. A pity that there isn't really anything to see. My suggestion to make it more interesting for both children and adults: building partially the village after how it was then.
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  • August 9, 2017
    We enjoyed visiting the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. It wasn't what we expected, though. It is located at the back of a residential neighborhood...easy to find and access. There is a humble "...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    There is only a Museum and a couple of mounds ritual. Information panels and what is assumed would be a reconstruction of part of the Indian village, but it is badly damaged
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  • June 1, 2017
    I'ed been 15 years ago and returned . Can tell they need more community support. I do love the concept tho.
  • January 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    We went for a ride and ended up here, what a pleasant day.
  • October 10, 2016
    This is a historic and sacred site. It is not the largest but it is / was very important.
  • May 25, 2017
    History is awesome!

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