One Mound Among Many
Trade, art, and ideas linked Emerald Mound, both physically and spiritually, with mound sites throughout the eastern half of North America.
Mound building, as a practice, was widespread. Over thousands of years, the native peoples who built mounds in North America also maintained networks of trade along trails like the Natchez Trace.
Trade in raw materials and particularly in fine ceremonial objects was brisk. Artists bartered for items made from shell, copper, feathers, and clay. The symbolic images worn by the elite - winged serpents, panthers, and birds, for example - showed up at sites hundreds of miles apart.
Monks mound is the largest earthwork in the US built before Europeans arrived. It is part of the Cahokia complex of 120 mounds on 3800 acres.
These mounds are part of the most intact Mississippian cultural site in the southeastern US.
With 29 mounds covering 185 acres, Moundville was one of the most important sites in the southeastern US.
Erected by National Park Service.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Still Sacred (here, next to this marker); Emerald Mound (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Emerald Mound (here, next to this marker); A Well-Organized Society (a few steps from this marker); A Remarkable Feat (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 April 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2018.