Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville

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The Grave Creek Mound in the Ohio River Valley in West Virginia is one of the largest conical-type burial mounds in the United States, standing 62ft high and 240ft in diameter. The builders of the site, members of the Adena culture, moved more than 60,000 tons of dirt to create it about 250–150 BC.
Present-day Moundsville has developed around it near the banks of the Ohio River. The first recorded excavation of the mound took place in 1838, and was conducted by local amateurs. The largest surviving mound among those built by the Adena, this was designated a National Historic Landmark in the mid-20th century.
In 1978 the state opened the Delf Norona Museum at the site. It displays numerous artifacts and interprets the ancient Adena Culture. In 2010, under an agreement with the state, the US Army Corps of Engineers gave nearly 450,000 artifacts to the museum for archival. These were recovered in archeological excavations at the site of the Marmet Lock, and represent 10,000 years of indigenous habitation in the area.
Grave Creek Mound is the largest conical type of any of the mound builder structures. Construction of the earthwork mound took place in successive stages from about 250–150 B.C., as indicated by the multiple burials at different levels within the structures. In 1838, road engineers measured its height at 69ft and its base as 295ft.
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  • The museum was closed on Monday so we came back a few days later. Very interesting and educational. While it is self guided there are people there that are very helpful and informative if you have que...  more »
  • I visit the Mound several times a year. It’s free, there are lots of interesting things to look at inside, the view from the top of the Mound is great. There is usually an activity table upstairs with...  more »
  • Great Historical Sites, with plenty to see. Very informative displays and exhibits pertaining to the ancient Adena and Hopewell civilizations. The new exhibits are new and updated. The staff is friendly,just a great learning experience also be sure to follow them on Facebook. They post informative history and cultural artifacts along with live lectures and presentations. Can't wait tell I'm invited to speak at some point in time.😉
  • This place is great! Lots of cool stuff inside to learn about. My favorite part was walking to the top with my wife and enjoying the view.

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