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.
This pic is of the “back” side of the hill (the stone mound is at the top of the hill), from a residential area:
This image has poor resolution, but it’s a close-up of the back-side of the mound, showing a backhoe and just how close to the mound the removal of earth has taken place:
…and here’s the same mound on Saturday, July 18. There doesn’t look as though there has been more destruction of the top of the mound that we can see, but from this picture below, take a look at the tree I have labeled as “Tree #1” – it has a distinctive crook in it:
This picture below was taken by Thunderhawk on April 4, 2006 before the mound was disturbed. You can see the stones that make up the stone mound in this picture, and you can make out “Tree #1” with that distinctive crook from this picture also.
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.