Copena Burial Mound

Copena Burial Mound (HMO35)

Location: Danville, AL 35619 Lawrence County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 26.735', W 87° 10.724'

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Copena Indians built this mound with baskets of dirt some 2000 years ago. The Copena name was derived from their use of copper and galena (lead ore) found in their burials along with gorgets and celts. The mounds were a burial site with the dead encased in a plaster of clay covered with layers of soil. The many burial mounds within a few miles are evidence of an extensive cultural center. The perennial springs and fertile lands encircled by West Flint Creek contributed to a large population. The Copena society flourished here for hundreds of years and they raised a variety of domesticated crops. some 17 miles north of here the Tennessee River provided an inexhaustible food supply of fresh water mussels. In the mid 1800's settlers were buried on the mounds under false stone crypts. In 1924, Smithsonian archaeologists noted three other burial mounds in the areas that were being leveled by farmers.
HM NumberHMO35
Placed ByLawrence County Historical Commission Inc
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 6:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 483581 N 3811577
Decimal Degrees34.44558333, -87.17873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.735', W 87° 10.724'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 44.10" N, 87° 10' 43.44" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21205 Unnamed Road, Danville AL 35619, US
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