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Near Stanton in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Emerald Mound

 
 
Emerald Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
1. Emerald Mound Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 31° 38.152′ N, 91° 14.867′ 
Marker in Front of Secondary Mound image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
2. Marker in Front of Secondary Mound
W. Marker is near Stanton, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Emerald Mound Road one mile from Natchez Trace Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Emerald Mound Road is accessed from the Natchez Trace Parkway at Mile Marker 10.3. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Emerald Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Emerald Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Trace (approx. 1.5 miles away); A National Road (approx. 1.5 miles away); Loess Bluff (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mount Locust (approx. 4.9 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Locust (approx. 4.9 miles away); Elizabeth Female Academy (approx. 5 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Stanton.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 16, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
The Primary Platform of Emerald Mound image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
3. The Primary Platform of Emerald Mound
View to the east from marker location
Primary Platform Viewed from<br>Top of Secondary Mound image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
4. Primary Platform Viewed from
Top of Secondary Mound
View to east
Primary Platform and Secondary Mound of Emerald Mound image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
5. Primary Platform and Secondary Mound of Emerald Mound
View to northwest from Emerald Mound Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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