Friday, December 18, 2009

Pharr Mounds

I'd never seen "mounds" until my trip along the length of the Natchez Trace Parkway. I encountered the Pharr Mounds about 20 miles or so north of Tupelo, Mississippi. They were constructed some 2000 years ago -- during excavations at this site -- cremated and unburned remains were found -- along with ceremonial artifacts. Many of these artifacts, including stones and other objects are not from Mississippi -- indicating the people who constructed these mounds -- had trading networks.

There are a total of eight mounds at the Pharr site -- covering about 85 acres.

The Emerald Mound below is the second largest in the United States. It was constructed by the ancestors of the Natchez Indians.

Emerald Mound contained temples, ceremonial structures and also served as a burial site for those who ruled the community.

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