Pocahontas in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Ceremonial Mounds Of The Southeast
Platform mounds served as elevated platforms upon which wooden buildings often were built. It is commonly believed by archeologists that these mound-top structures were built as residences for the religious or secular leaders of American Indian communities. The construction of mounds by American Indians began about 6000 years ago during the Middle Archaic Period; however, archaeologists have yet to determine their function. It is still unclear whether or not these early mounds were used as platforms. The use of mounds that are clearly understood as platform mounds began about 2000 years ago during the time that archeologists refer to as the Woodland period (about 3000 to 1000 years ago). The tradition continued into the Mississippian period (about 1000 to 500 years
Burial mounds, which are conical in shape, were constructed primarily during the Woodland period; however Mound B at Pocahontas is believed to be approximately the same age as Mound A. Archeologists believe that the individuals who were laid to rest in Mound B held a special status with the community. They may have been elders or community leaders who were viewed as having great prestige. Elaborate and exotic grave goods are often found in burial mounds. The artifacts shown to the far right, are examples of grave goods taken from the conical grave mound at Pocahontas in the early 1900s.
Unfortunately, a great number of American Indian burial mounds have been destroyed in the past 200 years by the indifference of land developers, the greed of grave robbers, and the curiosity of archaeologists. However, over the past 30 years archaeologists have become much more sensitive to American
Erected by Mississippi Department of Transportation/ Cobb Institute of Archeology, Mississippi State University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. 32° 28.12′ N, 90° 17.346′ W. Marker is in Pocahontas, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on U.S. 49 (U.S. 49) 0.8 miles south of Kennebrew Road, in the median. Located in Pocahontas Mounds Roadside Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13886 US 49, Jackson MS 39209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Landscape Modification in Prehistoric Times (a few steps from this marker); Pocahontas Mounds (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Midden: Sifting Through the Trash (about 400 feet away); The Evolution of the Pocahontas SiteEnvironmental Archaeology (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Pocahontas Mounds (about 700 feet away); Stone Fence Posts Mid-Western Kansas 1880’s (approx. 3.8 miles away); Osburn Stand (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pocahontas.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 11, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.