Re: [ancient_waterways_society] Grand Village of the Natchez and Emerald Mound
one would assume the great sun lived on the western hump of this giant site. now if there was a city of thousands between this platform and the river, much vegetation would have been cleared by inhabitants, plus he (she?) could look down to the river over his people. possibly at sunset the last rays would illuminate a figure standing there.
all i saw was the mound years ago while traveling the natchez trace. my ex has never let me live down that i dragged her to someplace that, "needs a lot of mowing" & "has nothing to see", rather than her Shelby Foote inspired desire to see the Vicksburg fortifications
--- On Sat, 8/8/09, Vince <v_barrows@...> wrote:
From: Vince <v_barrows@...>
Subject: [ancient_waterways_society] Grand Village of the Natchez and Emerald Mound
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2009, 8:58 PM
Today we visited the Grand Village of the Natchez and Emerald Mound in Natchez, Mississippi.
I have added photos of the trip to the following photobucket link:
http://s243. photobucket. com/albums/ ff280/Marburg72/ Louisiana/ ?start=all
An interesting thing about the site is that it was documented in the early 1700's by Le Paige Du Pratz. Du Pratz stated that the "Great Sun" was living on it and noted several rites performed.
The Grand Village site had three mounds, a museum and gift shop. The museum had one other family that visited when I was there.
Emerald Mound was situated on the other side of the town. Emerald Mound is known as the second largest mound in the USA. Emerald mound was about 35 feet tall and 800 feet long by 500 feet wide, with a mound at either end.
An elderly gentleman commented "this must have taken a lot of work to build".