The Fifth Mound

The Fifth Mound (HM2L0E)

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N 43° 32.092', W 96° 45.798'

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Between 300 to 1000 A.D., stone-age people of the Late Woodland culture lived nearby. They were among the first permanent residents of Sioux Falls. Proof of their existence is provided by the line of five burial mounds that they built here. T.H. Lewis sketched these mounds in his 1884 survey map.

The Eminija Mounds near Brandon, these Sherman Park mounds, and several other scattered mounds are the earliest evidence of past occupation by humans in Minnehaha County. Very few of these mounds were excavated by archeologists.

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Some were constructed to be the final resting place for only one person, presumed to be someone of high rank. Others contained the remains of several humans, perhaps village elders or persons of stature.

In the 1940s amateurs excavated and destroyed the fifth mound. After removing burial goods and some skeletal remains, smaller bones were reburied and a quartzite slab was left to mark the mound's former site. In 2001 as a gesture of reconciliation and goodwill to area Native Americans, the fifth mound was rebuilt.
HM NumberHM2L0E
Year Placed2001
Placed BySioux Falls Area Foundation, Minnehaha Century Fund, The City of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Elementary Students, Minnehaha County Historical Society, Jacob Mentele, Eagle Scout Candidate, and Boy Scout Troop 152
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Date Added Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 680722 N 4822643
Decimal Degrees43.53486667, -96.76330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 32.092', W 96° 45.798'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 32' 5.5199999999999" N, 96° 45' 47.88" W
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