Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, MSWednesday, September 28, 2005
The first time I'd ever seen mounds like these was earlier this summer when Av and I visited Moundville (that visit here). Since we were going through Natchez on our way to Baton Rouge, we stopped at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians park for just a few minutes.
One website I found said that although people have been in Mississippi for 12,000 years, mounds have only been developed since about 2100 years ago, and their construction continued until about 300 years ago. The mounds here in Natchez aren't built as high as the ones in Moundville. The ones in Natchez are about 8' high.
From one of the markers:
Reconstructed Natchez House and Granary
The Natchez Indians lived in permanent houses of mud and pole construction with thatched grass roofs. The granary held surplus corn. The structure to the left of the granary provided shade and served as a drying platform.
above, inside of the house.
There are many other American Indian mounds in Mississippi - several in the Delta, some around Tupelo, and others close to Jackson. I'd love to see all of them! Some of them are flat on top, some of them are domed, and some of them have a pyramid shape. The Emerald mound, which we haven't visited yet, is the second-largest mound in the US - it's eight acres, and on top of it are two other mounds!
This is a really good site about the mounds.