Historic Use of Ceremonial Mounds

Historic Use of Ceremonial Mounds (HM25T8)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 31.377', W 91° 22.785'

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Eyewitness accounts of American Indians using ceremonial mound centers are very rare. In 1704, French colonists witnessed the funeral rites for a female Natchez chief at the Grand Village. The Natchez held a similar funeral ceremony here in 1725 for the chief called Tattooed Serpent. Both included the sacrifice of the chiefs' spouses and servants to accompany the dead leaders into the afterlife. Today, archaeologists use these Grand Village observations to interpret what might have happened at some prehistoric mound sites. The Natchez began constructing mounds at this location around A.D. 1200. The mounds served as bases for the houses of chiefs and sacred buildings.
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HM NumberHM25T8
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Date Added Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 653837 N 3488697
Decimal Degrees31.52295000, -91.37975000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 31.377', W 91° 22.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 31' 22.62" N, 91° 22' 47.1" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 S Temple Rd, Natchez MS 39120, US
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