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Emerald Mound, Natchez

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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. See Emerald Mound and all Natchez has to offer by arranging your trip with our Natchez road trip planning site.
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  • While I doubt the mound was covered in perfectly cultivated green grass during the Native American's time, it's a requisite stop when driving the Trace and offers a bit of mystery and food for... 
    While I doubt the mound was covered in perfectly cultivated green grass during the Native American's time, it's a requisite stop when driving the Trace and offers a bit of mystery and food for...  more »
  • You must experience the scale and walk back the the back drop off to see how far the fall would be. The place is massive and sacred. 
    You must experience the scale and walk back the the back drop off to see how far the fall would be. The place is massive and sacred.  more »
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  • A sight to see.
  • This is a big and well preserved mound. Beautiful place to visit. To think that there were 6 other smaller mounds on the sides of the larger mound is quite astonishing. We have visited quite a few mounds on this trip and the mound builders were extraordinary. Many of these mounds are energy portals of some kind, something else we have lost the ability to understand in our "modern" society.

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