Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Grave Creek Mound

Grave Creek Mound is located in Moundsville, West Virginia, in the state's northern panhandle.  Originally built as a burial mound by people of the Adena Culture, it now forms part of the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, which also includes the Delf Norona Museum.  A walk through the museum gradually takes the visitor up to a second story outdoor walkway, and across it to the base of the mound.  In this view, from the northeast, a cherry blossom tree stands to the right, while two stumps may be seen on the mound to the left.  A spiral walkway (a modern addition) runs up the mound.

From partway up the mound's walkway, you can see an elementary school, a church faced with dark red stone, and lots of electric lines.

On top of the mound is this pylon, with each side marked for one of the four cardinal directions.  This view from the southeast shows some hills across the Ohio River in Ohio, and a bit of the river itself.

Looking toward the southwest, you can see a bridge over the Ohio River, part of a hotel, and a smokestack.

This shot is from the north side of the mound.  Due to the morning sun, the mound's east side, towards the left, is in sunlight.  To the right is a concrete table.  The yellow lines in the paved area around it are aligned to the four cardinal directions.

Before I left, I got one last shot of the mound, from the east side and outside of the fence.

Of all the mounds I have ever visited, Grave Creek Mound has to be the easternmost.  To learn more, go to West Virginia Culture and History, Roadside America and Odd Things I've Seen.

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