Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound (HM1MXR)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 38.152', W 91° 14.867'

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Before you is a 30 foot secondary mound on which once stood a temple containing sacred Indian images.

Archeological evidence indicates that at least two small mounds stood along the North and South sides of the primary platform. These mounds may have supported structures of wood plastered with clay.

Using primitive tools of wood, stone and bone, the Indians loaded the dirt into baskets or skins which they carried on their backs or heads. A base for temple mounds, the great platform is believed to have also provided a plaza for ceremonies and games.

Archeological tests in 1949 indicated that this platform mound was constructed in several stages. Beginning with the natural hilltop, Indians gradually transformed the hill into a flat-topped pyramid. First leveling off the hill, they later added thousands of tons of earth from near the base.

On important occasions the mound was the scene of elaborate civic processions, ceremonial dances, and intricate and solemn religious rituals where worshipers sought favor of their gods.
Series This marker is part of the Natchez Trace series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 16th, 2015 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees31.63586667, -91.24778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 38.152', W 91° 14.867'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 38' 9.12" N, 91° 14' 52.02" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41-73 Emerald Mound Rd, Natchez MS 39120, US
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