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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.
 
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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)
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in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
 
Location. 34° 26.529′ N, 87° 10.717′ W. Marker is near Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Located inside Oakville Indian Mound Park at foot of Indian Mound near steps. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakville.
 
Also see . . .  Oakville, Alabama - Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 5, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,711 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   2. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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