Oakville Indian Mound

Oakville Indian Mound (HMO2Y)

Location: Danville, AL 35619 Lawrence County
Country: United States of America
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N 34° 26.529', W 87° 10.717'

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Rising 27 feet high, this is the largest woodland mound in Alabama, with a base covering 1.8 acres and a flat of over one acre. Built by prehistoric Copena Indians, the mound is 2,000 years old and constructed from earth probably carried one basket at a time from the Oakville pond area, 300 yards to the east. The Copena, named for their use of copper and galena, were prolific mound builders, as shown by the remains of over 20 mounds in the surrounding area. They were primarily farmers and hunter~ gatherers who engaged in ritual burials, with the dead often encased in a putty mixture of clay, ash and crushed shells. They were great traders in conch shells, marble, greenstone, copper and galena, all of which were found as mortuary offerings during the 1924 Smithsonian excavation of the Alexander Mound four miles to the southwest. Although the Oakville mound has never been excavated, it was the center of the Copena society of the Moulton Valley and was used for ceremonials, religious, social and cultural purposes.
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Placed ByLawrence County Historical Commission Inc
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 10:24am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 483591 N 3811196
Decimal Degrees34.44215000, -87.17861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.529', W 87° 10.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 31.74" N, 87° 10' 43.02" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13034 Unnamed Road, Danville AL 35619, US
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