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Emerald Mound, Natchez

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Emerald Mound Site, also known as the Selsertown 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. The mound is now managed by the Park Service's Natchez Trace Parkway unit, and is open to the public.
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  • I only learned of Emerald Mound when I was in Natchez. As a child in American history class, I read and learned about Mound Builders, but I had never had the opportunity to visit a mound, until...  more »
  • The road leading here is a little rough in spots, but worth the drive. It is absolutely astounding to see this enormous mound. It is worth the trip!  more »
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  • What a fascinating place this is. Such a different culture from ours. The mound is massive and boggles the mind that it was built one basket full at a time. A recommended book to read is “ The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747, if you want I be in lightened about the Natchez Indians, and their way of life.
  • This was a really interesting site. The signs at the parking area are pretty thorough. Definitely worth the time and climb.

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