Welcome to the Mississippi Archaeology Trails Website! This website is designed to introduce you to the many unique and incredible cultures that make up the great state of Mississippi that we know today. Explore the rich archaeological heritage of the regions of Mississippi, travel back in time to learn about our earliest inhabitants or discover the diverse cultural history of our ancestors. There is something for everyone here from games for children, to lesson plans for teachers, to archaeological information for professional archaeologists. If you are interested in researching a specific topic, you can use the search tab or check out our topics section for possible items of interest. We hope you enjoy exploring the archaeology of Mississippi.
October is Archaeology Month in Mississippi!
Archaeology month activities include public talks on archaeology and archaeological methods, visits to ongoing archaeological fieldwork projects, site tours, and even fieldwork opportunities. Click here to view a schedule of events. Click here to print your invitations.
The Winterville Site
Explore the Mississippian culture of the 23 mound Winterville site and join Dr. Edwin Jackson's archaeological team as they make several excavations into the incredible 43 acre plaza. Click here.
Indian Mounds Page
Begin your exploration of Mississippi's Indian Mounds Trail by clicking here.
Word Of The Day: weekend three:awl, garbage pit, and grog tempered
AWL, a very narrow, somewhat long, pointed tool for boring holes in leather, wood or shell. GARBAGE PIT, An excavated pit of Native American construction, used in a village site to collect used food, tools, and other items and then covered. It becomes, for archaeologists, a sort of "time capsule" of the period. GROG TEMPERED, the addition of small pieces of crushed ceramics to the paste used in creating a new ceramic object. Used in the Mississippian culture.