Ala. city decides not to use 1,000-year-old Indian mound for Sam’s Club fill dirt

Sometimes you have to step back and applaud a government for simply coming to its senses. According to the Anniston Star, this is the case in Oxford, Ala.:

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….

The mound, which archaeologists and preservation officials say could contain funeral artifacts or remains, is on a hill behind the Oxford Exchange. It’s estimated American Indians constructed it at least 1,000 years ago.

The Alabama Historical Commission said it’s the largest known mound of its kind in the state.

Best response so far comes from Chris Farris, via Facebook:

“Probably not a good idea. I’ve seen the movies.”

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3 comments Add your comment

Maureen's accountability metric

August 24th, 2009
1:45 pm

Mr. Galloway,

Since your “education columnist” Maureen Downey seemingly refuses to do so, could you ask your contacts in the Governor’s office and the DOE if, for the record, they still stand by their assertion that cheating took place in APS, despite the findings of the “investigator” APS bought and paid for?


August 24th, 2009
7:12 pm

Sweet. It seems like it’s less about political parties, and more about who has a pulse these days.

Stephen House

August 25th, 2009
2:19 pm

I applaud the decision by the city of Oxford in preservation of this significant part of the prehistory of the area…It appears that the Wal-Mart culture,at least in this case,will take a back set to the preservation of our native culture and heritage.