Coon Mound

5a.19 Coon Mound

Coon Mound

In contrast, the Coon mound in Athens County, Ohio, covered only the burial of one male, 25 to 35 years old at the time of death. The grave was 15 feet long and 5 feet deep. The sides of the grave were plastered with gray clay and lined with vertical wooden posts. Poles placed over the grave and on the ground around it formed a platform about 25 feet square. Beyond the platform was a ring of gravelly soil. The entire grave complex was covered with a mound of soil 30 feet high and at least 114 feet wide. The man must have been important for his survivors to have spent so much energy on his burial.

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