“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Copena Burial Mound

Copena Burial Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. Copena Burial Mound Marker
Inscription. 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.
Erected by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.
Location. 34° 26.735′ N, 87° 10.724′ W. Marker is near Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is on County Route 187. Touch for map. Located inside Oakville Park near Copean Indian mound in a clump of trees, same side of road as mound. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Copena Burial Mound Site image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
2. Copena Burial Mound Site
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Indians (a few steps from this marker); Town of Oakville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Doublehead (about 500 feet away); Cherokee Council House Museum (about 600 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. ¼ mile away); Creek Indian Removal (approx. ¼ mile away); Oakville Indian Mound (approx. ¼ mile away); Streight's Raid (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakville.
Also see . . .  Prehistoric Indians of the Southeast: Archaeology of Alabama and the Middle ... By John A. Walthall. Prehistoric Indians of the Southeast (Submitted on March 12, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,902 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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