Historic Markers Across Alabama



Oakville Indian Mound



Marker ID:  
Location: inside Oakville Indian Mound Park at foot of Indian Mound near steps, Danville, AL
County: Lawrence
Coordinates: N 34° 26.529    W 087° 10.717
  34.44215    -87.17861666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNCBY
 



Text:

Rising 27 feet high, this is the largest woodland mound in Alabama, with a base covering 1.8 acres and a flat 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 ceremonials, religious, social and cultural purposes.

Erected by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.







End of Oakville Indian Mound