The Great Mound

The Great Mound (HM4Z)

Location: Anderson, IN 46017 Madison County
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N 40° 5.838', W 85° 37.235'

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The outer embankment of this earthwork was constructed about 160 B.C. by the Adena people. Later, the Hopewell people added a small mound containing four human skeletons, cremations, bone awls, pottery shards, projectile points and a platform pipe that were excavated during the summers of 1968 and 1969. However, it is believed that the main function of the Great Mound was as a meeting area for religious ceremonies. The gateway provided access to the central platform where the ceremonies took place. The outer ring could have served as a seating area, but was probably constructed to block any viewing of these ceremonies from others.

The Adena and Hopewell people reached their peak between 200 B.C. and 300 A.D.

The Great Mound is the largest surviving of its kind in Indiana. More than 16,300 cubic yards of soil were moved in its construction.
HM NumberHM4Z
Year Placed1930
Placed ByDepartment of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 9:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 617581 N 4439468
Decimal Degrees40.09730000, -85.62058333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 5.838', W 85° 37.235'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 5' 50.28" N, 85° 37' 14.10" W
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Area Code(s)765
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4306 Mounds Rd, Anderson IN 46017, US
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