The 128-acre Grand Village of the Natchez Indians site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house and three ceremonial mounds. Grand Village is a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Two of the mounds, the Great Sun’s Mound and the Temple Mound, have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple’s inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated.
After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand Village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of “time capsule” from the Natchez Indians’ past.
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Sunday, 1:30 – 5 p.m.