Ceremonial Center

Ceremonial Center (HM1Z03)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 31.483', W 91° 22.788'

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Archaeological and historical evidence indicates that the Grand Village of Natchez Indians was not really a "village." It was the main ceremonial mound center for the Natchez Indians during the period of French exploration and colonization of the Natchez area (1682-1730). The term "Grand Village" is a translation of the name given to the site during the French colonization period.The only people who lived at the ceremonial center were the Great Sun, who was the Natchez chief, and a few tribal officials. Most of the Natchez people lived away from the mound centers on family farms. The members of the tribe gathered periodically at the Grand Village for religious and social ceremonies. Emerald Mound, near the Natchez Trace Parkway about 15 miles northeast of the Grand Village, probably served as the tribe's main ceremonial center during the 16th and 17th centuries. During this period the Grand Village mound center functioned as an adjunct to Emerald. However, Emerald Mound was mysteriously abandoned prior to European contact with the Natchez Indians and the Grand Village became the tribe's main ceremonial center.
HM NumberHM1Z03
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Date Added Sunday, June 18th, 2017 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 653830 N 3488893
Decimal Degrees31.52471667, -91.37980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 31.483', W 91° 22.788'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 31' 28.98" N, 91° 22' 47.28" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 S Temple Rd, Natchez MS 39120, US
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