Moundsville Mound

Another post by Lee, because Trace has a job and stuff.

Just across the street from the West Virginia State Penitentiary is the Grave Creek Mound. There were actually many of these mounds in the area, hence the name, Moundsville. The Grave Creek Mound is one of the largest conical-type burial mounds in the United States, at 62′ high and 240′ in diameter. The Adena (pre-Columbian native Americans) built it, moving over 60,000 tons of dirt, and it was created around 250-150 BC. The first recorded excavation was in 1838 and their tunnel revealed two log tombs with graves and burial offerings. This is the largest of these mounds remaining, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

On the site is the Delf Norona Museum, displaying artifacts and interpretations of the Adena Culture. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The museum also has great exhibits of the Marble King company, and Marx Toys, which had factories in the area.

 

Love this marble mural!

 

A side perspective of the marble mural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After enjoying all of the exhibits and artifacts inside, I took a stroll up to the top of the mound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going down was much easier than going up!!!

 


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