Changing Size and Color
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.
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.
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. ¼ 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. • Environment • Man-Made Features • Native 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 68 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.