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McMahan Mound Site

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McMahan Mound Site

McMahan Mound Site
40 SV 1
Tennessee Historical Commission sign marking the site of the McMahan Mound
McMahan Mound Site40 SV 1 is located in Tennessee
McMahan Mound Site40 SV 1
McMahan Mound Site
40 SV 1
Location within Tennessee today
Country  USA
Region Sevier County, Tennessee
Nearest town Sevierville, Tennessee
Culture South Appalachian Mississippian culture
First occupied 1200 CE
Period Dallas Phase
Abandoned 1500 CE
Excavation and maintenance
Dates excavated 1881
Notable archaeologists William H. Holmes
Architectural styles platform mound
Number of temples 1

The McMahan Mound Site (40SV1), also known as McMahan Indian Mound, is an archaeological site located in Sevierville, Tennessee just above the confluence of the West Fork and the Little Pigeon Rivers in Sevier County.

Site description

The site consisted of a 16 feet (5 m) high and 240 feet (73 m) wide platform mound, with a large associated village surrounded by a palisade. It was occupied by Dallas Phase peoples of the South Appalachian Mississippian culture between 1200 and 1500 CE.[1] At the time it was first investigated scientifically in 1881 the mound was located on a farm owned by the McMahan family for whom it is now named.


Birdman gorget from Hixon Site similar to one found at McMahan

Excavations by [4][5]


  1. ^ Tennessee Historical Commission Marker, "McMahan Indian Mound," in Sevierville, Tennessee. Information accessed 3 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ MacCurdy, George Grant (1913). "Shell Gorgets from Missouri". American Anthropologist 15 (3): 410.  
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  5. ^ Muller, Jon (1966). "The Citico Style". An experimental theory of stylistic analysis (Doctoral thesis). Harvard University. 
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