Oxford stone mound
Content related to the removal of the stone mound located behind the Oxford Exchange shopping center
Crowd braves dreary weather to bless site of mound in Oxford
OXFORD — The steady rain Sunday afternoon watered down a planned re-blessing of a stone mound behind the Oxford Exchange. The mound, believed to be 1,000 years old and of American Indian construction, has been the subject of controversy since a contractor hired by the city's Commercial Development Authority began tearing away the hill underneath it. The initial plan was to use it as fill dirt for a Sam's Club. Oxford Mayor Leon Smith now says the contractor is not touching the mound. A private land owner says the contractor is getting dirt from him.
Aug 31, 2009 |  58 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Large gathering expected at mound Sunday
American Indians and concerned citizens say they will gather at Oxford's mysterious stone mound Sunday to hold a reconsecration ceremony. Organizers are expecting as many as 150 to 300 people. The plans also call for a visit to the nearby Davis Farm, believed to be associated with the mound.
Aug 29, 2009 |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sacred sites or something else? Structures not unique to Oxford, but questions remain over origins
More than 1,000 years ago, people walked the hills of what is now Calhoun County. Most traces of them are gone, but the American Indians who called this land home left a few markers. Some are scattered on hilltops in the form of sacred mounds.
Aug 23, 2009 |  18 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oxford moving off hill? Landowner says he is providing dirt for Sam's Club being built at Oxford Exchange
OXFORD — The city may be backing off its decision to destroy a mysterious and controversial stone mound near a major retail development. The city originally planned to destroy the hill underneath it and use it as fill dirt for a Sam's Club. A landowner said Wednesday his property will be the source for the dirt.
Aug 20, 2009 |  40 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mound controversy spans the Web: American Indian site in Oxford now on Facebook, Twitter
OXFORD — The controversy over the city's mysterious American Indian mound is officially global. But city leaders are skeptical of the mound's newfound Internet fame. The Indian mound, which could be 1,000 years old or older, sits atop a hill behind the Oxford Exchange. Some preservation officials are worried it could contain human remains or burial artifacts. Until recently the city has planned to demolish the hill for fill dirt for a nearby Sam's Club. But work has stopped.
Aug 14, 2009 |  15 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Related Letters and Editorials
Smith an insult to us all
Mayor Smith has embarrassed not only the city of Oxford, but the whole state of Alabama, with the insensitive manner he has handled this issue. He has also blatantly insulted every Native American in our country.
Jul 27, 2009 |  21 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oxford's petty maneuver
The city of Oxford's decision to stop printing new ordinances in The Star seems clearly a response to the citizenry's protest about the desecration of the Native Indian stone mound.
Jul 19, 2009 |  3 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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It's sacrilege in Oxford
For shame that there is no respect in Oxford for the Native American stone mound built by people who lived here long before you and me. This can never be replaced, but Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs can go someplace else, where the land is available.
Jul 18, 2009 |  2 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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See the signs of 'progress' in Oxford
I have been reading with interest the opinions expressed by The Star's readers concerning the impending destruction of the prehistoric stone mound behind the Oxford Exchange. As many know, I am a professional archaeologist and I am in favor of preserving this sacred Native American site. Thus said, I feel compelled to clear up a few misconceptions concerning this stone mound.
Jul 16, 2009 |  8 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
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Phillip Tutor: Moundville's lesson for Oxford
For 1,500 years, the mound that has become Alabama's most controversial Native American site has sat on a hill in the Choccolocco Valley. It's not the archeological equivalent of new growth. It's 1,500 years old, for goodness' sake.
Jul 10, 2009 |  8 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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