A Remarkable Feat
Around 800 years ago, native peoples in this region began to transform a natural hill into what we call Emerald Mound
They followed a visionary plan and built this flat-topped sacred mound over perhaps 300 years. Covering eight acres, this remarkably engineered mound is the second largest mound structure in the United States.
The large rectangular mound once held eight smaller mounds, three along each side of a long plaza plus one at each end. The Great Sun, a semi-divine chief, led from atop the largest of the eight mounds-- more than 60 feet above where you are standing.
Built along the ancient paths that became known as the Natchez Trace, Emerald Mound was an important ceremonial center for trade, ritual sporting contests, and social, political and spiritual events.
Location. 31° 38.123′ N, 91° 14.869′ W. Marker is in Stanton, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on Emerald Mound Road one mile west of Natchez Trace Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Emerald Mound Road is accessed from the Natchez Trace Parkway at Mile Marker 10.3. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Well-Organized Society (here, next to this marker); Emerald Mound (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Emerald Mound (a few steps from this marker); Still Sacred (a few steps from this marker); One Mound Among Many (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Emerald Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Trace (approx. 1½ miles away); A National Road (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanton.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2017.