Grave Creek Mound

While I was in the area, I decided to check out the burial mounds in Moundsville, W.V.

Moundsville, West Virginia was named that because at one time there were a lot of Indian burial mounds in this area. Visitors can see the Grave Creek Mound at the Grave Creek Archaeology Complex which is about 10 miles south of Wheeling W.V. Admission is free and includes not only the mound, but also a museum, art gallery, gift shop, and a small theater.

The Grave Creek Mound was built around 200 B.C., by the Adena people who lived in West Virginia from about 1,000 B.C. to 1 A.D. The mound has a base diameter of 295 feet and stands 69 feet high. Over 60,000 tons of earth were used to construct it, and all of that had to be moved without the use of horsed or the wheel. The original mound was surrounded by a 40 foot wide and 5 foot deep moat.

Grave Creek Mound

Wow, that's a really big hill!

Grave Creek Mound

Can you spot me in the picture?

Grave Creek Mound

View from the top!

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8 Responses to “A Visit to Grave Creek Mound~Polly #2”

  1. Reminds me of Newgrange in Ireland, only smaller!

  2. This post reminds me of the lyrics…Dude, dude, dude looks like a lady!

  3. It’s too bad the moat wasn’t there anymore. It would have been interesting to see! When I think of moats, I think of knights and castles in Europe.

  4. Kev,

    You’ve lost me, dude. What’s your point?

  5. Polly is really seeing the world….all different aspects of it. Where will you take her next?

  6. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  7. I like your pictures and polly

  8. Nathan,
    It’s great to hear from you! This was a very interesting post that Polly #2 submitted. I would love to visit the Grave creek Mound, too!
    Hoppy Travels!
    Polly #3