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Near Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Oakville Indian Mound

 
 
Oakville Indian Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. Oakville Indian Mound Marker
Inscription. Rising 27 feet high, this is the largest woodland mound in Alabama, with a base covering 1.8 acres and a flat top 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 ceremonial, religious, social and cultural purposes.
 
Erected by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.
 
Location. 34° 26.529′ N, 87° 10.717′ W. Marker is near Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Click for map. Located inside Oakville Indian
Oakville Indian Mound, Cherokee Indian Removal, Creek Indian Removal image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
2. Oakville Indian Mound, Cherokee Indian Removal, Creek Indian Removal
Oakville Indian Mound (middle) Creek Indian Removal (left) Cherokee Indian Removal (right)
Mound Park at foot of Indian Mound near steps. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creek Indian Removal (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee Indian Removal (a few steps from this marker); Streight's Raid (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherokee Council House Museum (about 700 feet away); Doublehead (about 700 feet away); Town of Oakville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Indians (approx. ¼ mile away); Copena Burial Mound (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Friends of Oakville Indian Mounds, Inc. (Submitted on March 5, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Oakville, Alabama - Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 5, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,483 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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