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|Description ||Hopewell Culture NHP, Mound City Group.|
Inside the main enclosure, this is a view looking toward the west. The large mound farthest back is the "Central Mound," the largest of the group. Closer is an elliptical mound, and a smaller conical mound is closest.
* The "Central Mound" was erected over the remains of two timber buildings with 13 cremated burials. Artifacts found included falcon effigies cut from copper sheets and fragments of human skull that had been cut and drilled (perhaps to form a mask.)
* The "elliptical mound" originally had at its center, ground level, a low clay basin platform containing ashes, cremated burials, and a variety of artifacts including pottery shards and stone points. This core was covered by alternating layers of sand and earth. The original survey (1840's) revealed the outermost layer to have been a thick layer of river gravel and pebbles.
Photo by bat400, taken in late summer of 1999.
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