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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  • Enjoyed the museum and the grounds of grand village. Found it very interesting and informative. Grounds are well maintained.  more »
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  • Guys, thanks so much for the wonderful service! My son still has the brochure and reads (he can't really read yet, so he just kind of makes up stories) from it everyday. Beautiful site and one of the rare ones you can still interact with.
  • Nothing to see but great welcoming and nice walk. Will be better when.they build the Indians houses

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