Near Stanton in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
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′ 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 Features • Native Americans •
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