WOODVILLE — The Wilkinson County Mound Exhibit opens at 3 p.m. today in the Wilkinson County Museum in downtown Woodville in conjunction with a “Meet the Archaeologists” discussion and Artifact Roadshow event at the African-American Museum.

The mound exhibit will feature Native American artifacts from Wilkinson County and will highlight the county’s two sites on the Mississippi Mound Trail —the Lessley and the Smith Creek sites — located along state Highway 24, west of Woodville.

Also displayed will be two replications of Native American pots created by Tammy Beane of Southern Mud and based on actual excavated potsherds.

Educational panels will tell the story of Native settlements along the Lower Mississippi River and explain how moundbuilding populations used the rich resources of what is now Mississippi and Louisiana.

At the African-American Museum across the square, archaeologists will be on hand to answer questions and identify artifacts (pottery pieces, projectile points, stone tools) people may wish to bring between 3 and 5 p.m. (No value will be assigned to artifacts).

A lawn party at 5 will feature music by Natchez native YZ Ealey at the African-American Museum building. This event is free and open to the public.

The mound exhibit is curated by Dr. Megan Kassabaum, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Weingarten Assistant Curator at the Penn Museum, and two student curators, Arielle Pierson and Erin Spicola.

The exhibit was made possible by grants from both Mississippi Development Authority’s Visit Mississippi, and the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant, and funding from the Penn Museum and Penn Department of Anthropology.

Regional cash sponsors include United Mississippi Bank, Concordia Bank & Trust Company, and the Wilkinson County Industrial Development Authority.

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