"Alligator" Mound

"Alligator" Mound (HMBFU)

Location: Granville, OH 43023 Licking County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 4.21', W 82° 30.079'

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On this bluff lies one of the two great animal effigy mounds built by Ohio's prehistoric people. Shown here, Alligator Mound is a giant earthen sculpture of some four-footed animal with a long, curving tail. Archaeologists believe the animal is perhaps an opossum or a panther, but not an alligator. The earthwork is approximately 250 feet long, seventy-six feet wide, and four feet high. Like the Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio, Alligator Mound is not a burial mound. The Newark Earthworks, built by the Hopewell people between 100 B.C. and A.D. 400, are three miles to the east. Scholars do not know who built Alligator Mound, but it may be the work of the Hopewell.
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HM NumberHMBFU
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number8-45
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Licking County Historical Society, and The Ohio State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 371976 N 4436624
Decimal Degrees40.07016667, -82.50131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 4.21', W 82° 30.079'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 4' 12.60" N, 82° 30' 4.74" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 388 Bryn Du Dr, Granville OH 43023, US
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