Reviving the past

Proof that historical objects, artifacts and sites still hold interest for many people could be witnessed Saturday at the Ingomar Mounds sites, six miles west of New Albany.

According to Union County Heritage Museum representative Betsey Hamilton, approximately 70 people came out to the site during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to see a part of history.

The yearly event was part of Archeology Month and arcaeologists from the Cobb Institute with the Mississippi State University Department of Archaeology were on hand to share their knowledge of the sites history.

“The mound site is a Middle Woodland Period site, said Professor Janet Rafferty, a representative of the Cobb Institute. Were not exactly sure what the mound is for, but we think it may have been the equivalent of a country church.

According to Rafferty, Native American Indians indigenous to the area did not live around the site, but probably traveled to the mound at least once a week for a gathering.

We know it wasnt used as a burial mound, because there were no bodies found there, said Rafferty.

There are approximately four mounds, however, that immediately surround the larger mound that were used for laying the dead to rest.

Workers with the Cobb Institute began examinig the site in 1986 in an effort to map the area and compare it to a map done almost 100 years earlier.

The Ingomar Mounds were entered on the National Registery of Historical Places in 1978.

Visitors could also see exhibitors of collections and individuals demonstrating flint-knapping, fire starting with sticks, atlatl throwing and the development of the bow and arrow during the event.