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Shiloh in Hardin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Changing Size and Color

 
 
Changing Size and Color Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
1. Changing Size and Color Marker
Inscription. Seven hundred years ago you would have been looking at a mound covered with bright red clay instead of green grass, and you would have been gazing respectfully at a ceremonial building on the top.

The largest mound rises 25 feet above the ground's natural level, where you are standing. Originally the mound may have been low and round on the top.

Over the years, townspeople enlarged this structure by adding layers of brown, yellow, and gray soil. They made the top flat and coated the surface red. They also added a six-to-eight-foot apron on the west and south sides. What all the colors mean is unknown. The colors may represent which clan was in power. White may represent peaceful times and red, warlike periods.

Over the years stream-bank erosion has reduced the size of the apron and the mound.

Revealing Colors
Excavations in 2001-2003 revealed bands of color in the mound. These layers were created as different kinds of clay were added to the mound.

Mound cross-sections, 2003
 
Erected by National Park Service U. S, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 8.668′ N, 88° 19.198′ W. Marker is in Shiloh, Tennessee, in Hardin County. Marker is on 1055 Pittsburg Lane Road.

Changing Size and Color Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 1, 2009
2. Changing Size and Color Marker
Touch for map. Marker is in Shiloh Park near the Tennessee River. Marker is in this post office area: Shiloh TN 38376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gunboats Tyler and Lexington (within shouting distance of this marker); Vibrant Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chalmers' Brigade (approx. mile away); Pittsburg Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); 9th Illinois Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp of Powell's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Powell's Battery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kentucky Regiments at Battle of Shiloh (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shiloh.
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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