[graphic] Link to Park Net, Homepage of the National Park Service
[graphic] National Park Service, Indian Mounds of Mississippi: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary Header
Click here to go directly to the content of this page [graphic] Link to List of Sites  [graphic] Link to Learn More
 [graphic] Link to Map
 [graphic] Link to Itineraries Home
 [graphic] Link to NR Home
 [graphic] Link to Mounds Home
[graphic] Link to Previous site
[graphic] Pharr Mounds
[graphic] Link to Next site

[photo] Pharr Mounds comprise one of the largest Middle Woodland ceremonial sites in the southeastern United States
Courtesy of Natchez Trace Parkway, National Park Service

This site complex consists of eight burial mounds built during the Middle Woodland period, between 1 and 200 A.D. Ranging in height from two to 18 feet, the mounds are distributed over an area of about 85 acres. They comprise one of the largest Middle Woodland ceremonial sites in the southeastern United States. Four of the mounds were excavated in 1966 by the National Park Service. The mounds covered various internal features, including fire pits and low, clay platforms. Cremated and unburned human remains were found in and near these features, as were various ceremonial artifacts, including copper spools and other copper objects, decorated ceramic vessels, lumps of galena (shiny lead ore), a sheet of mica, and a greenstone platform pipe. The copper, galena, mica and greenstone did not originate in Mississippi; they were imported long distances through extensive trade networks. Such ritually significant nonlocal items typify the Middle Woodland period.

Pharr Mounds are located on the Natchez Trace Parkway (milepost 286.7), about 23 miles northeast of Tupelo, Mississippi. Open to the public daily dawn to dusk, free of charge. Call 662-680-4025 for further information.

 
[graphic] Link to Mound Builders Essay [graphic] Footer with links to essays [graphic] Link to Building the Mounds Essay  [graphic] Link to Preserving the Mounds Essay

 

Mounds | Main Map | List of Sites | Learn More | Itineraries | NR Home | Next Site

Comments or Questions

JPJ/RQ/SB/YT

Links to the Past