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May/13/2010 - May/13/2010
Location: Grand Village of the Natchez Indians

Beggining at 6:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium Jack Elliott with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Starkville, MS will discuss "Paving the Natchez Trace" (based on Jack's award-winning article in the Journal of Mississippi History).

Admission is free and seating is limited.

The Grand Village is located at 400 Jefferson Davis Boulevard, one-half mile east of U.S. Highway 61 South in Natchez.

Elliott is historical archaeologist with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He is stationed at Mississippi State University in Starkville where he teaches courses in history and archaeology. In addition to his archaeological work in Mississippi, he has conducted numerous archaeological investigations in the Middle East.

His books include "Cotton Gin Port: A Frontier Settlement on the Upper Tombigbee," and "The Fort of the Natchez and the Colonial Origins of Mississippi." Elliott¹s articles on a wide range of historical topics appear frequently in the Concordia Sentinel. He is also a four-time winner of the Willie D. Halsell Prize for the best article in the "Journal of Mississippi History".

Elliott received his most recent Halsell Prize for his article “Paving the Trace,” published in 2007. The “Trace,” of course, refers to the Natchez Trace, the historic trail connecting Natchez and Nashville. Archaeological evidence indicates that this trail, or series of interconnected trails, existed in prehistoric times.

Elliott¹s article documents the placement of the first monuments on the Natchez Trace by the Daughters of the American Revolution in the early twentieth century. He also reveals the conflicting political motivations for paving the Trace and the persistent efforts of many individuals and organizations to bring about the construction of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Contact: Jim Barnett
Phone: 601-446-6502
Fax: 601-446-6503

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