JSU professor: American Indian site is gone OXFORD — A Jacksonville State University professor says an ancient American Indian site Oxford city officials agreed not to disturb has been destroyed, but he does not know by whom. City officials claim the site is still intact.
Law offers less protection for American Indian sites OXFORD — In Alabama, American Indian burial sites don't have as much protection as other graves and memorials. If someone knowingly invades a grave created in the last few hundred years it's a felony. But it isn't if you destroy a far older American Indian burial site on your property, officials with the Alabama Historical Commission say.
The hill's future The suitable course of action would be to turn Calhoun County's most controversial and notorious hill into Calhoun County's newest tourist attraction, replete with tasteful displays that pay homage to a people's past. Of course, that's an optimistic viewpoint. And as we've learned the last few weeks, almost nothing involving the city of Oxford's handling of the Native American stone mound behind Oxford Exchange gives off the sweet smell of sanguine thinking.
Historic preservation in Oxford Concerning the stone mound in Oxford: It is an undisputable fact that for the last 9,000 years people have lived in what is Alabama. If we try to preserve and protect every pile of rocks and every mound of dirt erected by these people, we might as well move to Oklahoma and return the land to its rightful owners, whoever they may be.
It's all natural in Oxford: Mayor's archaeological insight See, Oxford Mayor Leon Smith has been right all the time. He's now confirmed it, in writing, in a letter carrying his signature. The Native American stone mound that's causing so much consternation is indeed a stone mound, rock-upon-rock stacked atop what once was one of Calhoun County's most picturesque hills. But Smith, with assistance from what he termed Oxford's "archaeological advisers," says the stone mound is "the result of natural phenomena."
Of Ayers and Smith Star Publisher H. Brandt Ayers' recent column had factual information on Republican office-holders' foibles. A similar column could be written on elected Democrats currently serving. I thought he was condescending when he commented on Sarah Palin: "Poor thing, she really needs time off."