I don't know what this thing is ... it was beside The Nikwasi Mound ... although it looks to be in front of it ... No, wait.... it's a ditch box! ... AND does the Mound even have a front and back?

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H. A. on July 23, 2010

A still life perhaps? :-))

Greetings from Germany, Herta

JBTHEMILKER on July 27, 2010

That is a " ditch box" OSHA requires a box to be used when gigging any ditch greater that shoulder hight if men are going to enter the excavation as to set pipe. I am sure is its day, this mound had a front and a back. We unearthed and dismantled a mound of neolithic origin in Scotland, and found even though it was very plan on the outside, as this on appears to be, it was somewhat complex inside, where it had been used for generations as a burial mound.

Jean Gregory Evans on July 27, 2010

HertaAnna, thanks for stopping by. It does look artful, I agree. :)

JBTHEMILKER, thanks for identifying this ditch box! I'm so glad to have that mystery solved. You know, I have heard others mention those words before and never imagined anything like this at all!

Yes, the Indian Mound does have a front and back, you are correct, though I'm not sure where it is located. The sign for the mound is located beside the busiest street but that might not be the front was in the past. The sign is on the other side of the mound.

The mound is almost flat on top, but it is taller on this side.

You can see it on the map really well if you click 4 or 5 times and zoom in.


Jean Gregory Evans on July 27, 2010

The Cherokee town called Nikwasi used this mound. A tribal council house once sat at the top. It is a protected place and has never been excavated. I believe some research has been done using radar but I have not yet seen the full results. I believe there is evidence about 2 feet under the surface of the wooden posts that served as support beams for the council house.


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