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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.
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  • The Natchez Trace Parkway is actually a difficult place to plan and execute a trip on. You can read all you want about the Natchez Trace Parkway, but it’s hard to understand what is worth seeing and.....  more
    The Natchez Trace Parkway is actually a difficult place to plan and execute a trip on. You can read all you want about the Natchez Trace Parkway, but it’s hard to understand what is worth seeing and.....  more »
  • This is worth a brief stop off the Natchez Trace Parkway. It is really huge and it is hard to imagine how the native Indians built this all up by hand. 
    This is worth a brief stop off the Natchez Trace Parkway. It is really huge and it is hard to imagine how the native Indians built this all up by hand.  more »
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  • This is the second largest Native American mound site in the United States, so it is a must see! It is very peaceful and a short drive off the Natchez Trace, but a great stop. I enjoyed climbing up to the first level of the mound and looking out. A nice place to spend a bit of time and read up on the mound building culture of these tribes.
  • Great quick historical visit. The trek up isn't too bad but it is rather steep even with the paved walkway going up to the first level. I continued up the second mound at sat where i imagined they might have 100's of years ago. It was beautiful. Then i walked the length of it toward the east. It's hard to capture the scale of it in a picture. The lower platform is about 1.7x the size of a football field lol. Loved it, plan to visit more mounds! Maybe Monks mound in Cahokia is next..

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