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Winterville Mounds

Winterville Mounds, near Greenville (Washington County), is the site of a prehistoric ceremonial center built by a Native American civilization that thrived from about A.D. 1000 to 1450. The mounds, part of the Winterville society’s religious system, were the site of sacred structures and ceremonies.

This artifact, made by the Winterville society, is a reproduction of the famed Cahokia “Tippets Bean Pot.” It was deposited in a grave site on Mound B, and was found by Jeffrey Brain during excavations in 1967. Cahokia was a Native American community near present day St. Louis, Missouri. There was contact between Cahokia and Winterville around 1200 A.D., but the extent of interaction between the two sites is unknown.

MDAH now administers Winterville Mounds, located on Mississippi Highway 1, six miles north of the intersection of Highways 82 and 1 in Greenville, and it is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please contact the Winterville staff by phone at 662-334-4684 or by email.

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