Mississippi is rich in archaeological resources, including some of the largest and oldest Native American mounds and mound groups in the nation. These mound sites are sacred places, each having its own story to tell about the people who lived there. In 2016, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History unveiled the Mississippi Mound Trail. The Mississippi Mound Trail stretches 350 miles through western Mississippi. The marked mound trail makes taking a self guided tour of these prehistoric mounds possible, but taking in a few of the mounds with a knowledgeable guide is much better.
On January 24, the public will have the opportunity to take an area mound tour led by retired archaeologist, Sam Brookes. Sponsored by Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership, the tour will include Rolling Fork, Carter, Mont Helena, Anguilla, Grace, Lake George and Cary mounds. Brookes will talk about the prehistoric builders that constructed the mounds, their life style, as well as their use of the mounds.
The cost of the tour is $25.00. This will include a seat on the tour bus and travel to area mounds led by Brookes. The price also includes a buffet lunch at Farmer’s Grocery in Grace, Mississippi. The tour will leave from the Rolling Fork Visitors Center and Museum where Brookes will discuss some of the artifacts on display in the museum, all of which were found in Sharkey County. The tour is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Reservations are required since there are a limited number of seats on the bus. Please call the LDP office at 662-873-6261 to reserve your place on the tour.