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|Troyville topic of Grand Village program on January 21|
The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will present an illustrated talk by Jessica Crawford entitled "The Troyville (Jonesville) Indian Mounds" in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2010.
Admission is free and seating is limited.
First described in 1804 by William Dunbar, the Troyville Mounds at present-day Jonesville, Louisiana, included at least nine mounds dominated by one large mound that was approximately 80 feet in height. A ten-foot-tall earthen embankment encircled the mounds.
By the late nineteenth century, the mounds had become foundations for houses and sources of fill dirt for various city projects. In 1931, steam shovels removed what remained of the large mound, called the "Great Mound," for use in constructing a bridge over the Black River Now that the 1931 bridge has been removed, archaeologists are making discoveries in the dirt from the former mound and a small scale reproduction of the Great Mound is under construction.
Jessica Fleming Crawford is Southeastern Regional Director for the Archaeological Conservancy and she works out of her home in Lambert, Quitman County, Miss. Through her efforts, the Conservancy has acquired numerous archaeological sites in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Many of these sites were in danger of being destroyed.
Before being named head of the Conservancy's Southeast Region office, she served as Project Coordinator and Delta Field Representative. She received her M. A. degree in anthropology from the University of Mississippi in 2003 and she has worked on archaeological excavations with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, and the University of Mississippi.
This will be an informative and entertaining talk. Light refreshments will be served.
Call 601-446-6502 for more information.
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