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Granville in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
"Alligator" Mound
 
"Alligator" Mound Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
1. "Alligator" Mound Marker
 
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1998 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Licking County Historical Society, and The Ohio State Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-45.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.21′ N, 82° 30.079′ W. Marker is in Granville, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on Bryn du Drive 1.1 miles from Newark Granville Road. Click for map. The only access to the mound is via Bryn du Drive - other roads do not connect through, and Bryn du Drive is not a loop. Marker is in this post office area: Granville OH 43023, United States of America.
 
"Alligator" Mound Marker and hilltop Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
2. "Alligator" Mound Marker and hilltop
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Robbins Hunter Museum Avery-Downer House (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bank of the Alexandrian Society (approx. one mile away); Founding of Granville, The Licking Company / The Granville Site "The most eligible part" (approx. one mile away); Granville Opera House (approx. one mile away); Bolen Memorial Park (approx. one mile away); The Granville Academy / The Anti-Slavery Movement (approx. one mile away); Old Colony Burying Ground, 1805 (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Granville.
 
Regarding "Alligator" Mound. This site helps illustrate the importance of setting when viewing an historic structure. Much was lost when the subdivision was put in, for the sake of but a couple more lots. Historic photographs illustrate better the caliber of this site.
 
Also see . . .
1. Site description from the Licking County Historical Society. Includes an illustration of the mound from Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley by Squier and Davis, the first publication of the Smithsonian Instituion. (Submitted on March 30, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
"Alligator" Mound Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
3. "Alligator" Mound
The mound shows the wear of decades of agricultural use.
 

2. The "Alligator" Mound - A Hopewell Effigy. Includes photographs of the site when it was still a cow pasture. (Submitted on March 30, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 

3. Entry at Ohio History Central. Includes an aerial photograph of the mound. (Submitted on March 30, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,184 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
 
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