Mound Destruction UpdateSunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday there was another organized protest about the destruction of the stone mound by the city of Oxford's Commercial Development Authority. I've written about this before (post 1, 2, 3, 4); they're destroying the mound by using the earth there as fill for a proposed Sam's Club.
Just one last really quick thing: the city of Oxford and this area would really be so much more well-served to preserve their Native American structures and promote them. Besides this mound, which is the largest known stone mound in the state, exists - and these are just things I can think of at the moment:
Presently, all that is left of the mound structure is its base. Now standing at only five feet high in what is presently the Hudgins sod farm property, Holstein believes the base of the mound contains buried Mississippian and possibly the elusive 16th Century Spanish artifacts.
"It was the focal point of the community, and the largest structure in Calhoun County until the 19th century," said Holstein.
Holstein also believes the site would be ideal for a museum documenting the prehistoric and colorful historic past of the property. "We have a lot of artifacts from our excavations [that could be displayed there], and many private collectors have found some amazing ceremonial artifacts in and around the mound."
The home site is located in the only undeveloped spot in the vicinity. Holstein hopes preservation-minded people will remove the property from the market.
"We need to get people interested in this, and we need money [to purchase the land]," Holstein said, who believes the land could serve the area well as a rest area and information center.