The Tendal Mound

Living on top of an ancient site …

… loving, fighting, grieving.  Mowing the grass, washing the windows, burning the burgers.

And below … 1600 year old sacred ground.

The Tendal Mound, Madison Parish.  Estimated age AD 400.

About Jenny Ellerbe

I am a photographer living, and working, in northeastern Louisiana.
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3 Responses to The Tendal Mound

  1. dfuson says:

    High ground. Must have been irresistible. Is this the height of the mound or do you drive up an incline?

  2. No incline. This site is maybe 50 feet from Highway 80. According to the info I have it’s a “rectangular platform mound about 6 feet tall and 165×230 feet at the base. Its sides face the cardinal directions. The house atop the mound may be the second to have been built there and the top of the mound may have been leveled before the structure was built.”

    So it was probably higher originally. Also, they haven’t found many artifacts there and think that may be due to the buildup of silt from flooding.

    Being 6 feet above the floodplain doesn’t sound like much but down here it’s a huge elevation change. 🙂

  3. dfuson says:

    The image brings me strong memories of visiting my grandmother in the country. Trucks parked under the trees. Dry grass driveway.

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