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Barboursville Mounds

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In the late 1900s, a group of ten "Indian mounds" existed about one mile west of Barboursville, WV, in Cabell County, on a hill about 500 feet above the Guyandotte River, near the route of an old Indian trail, which passed just to the south. When discovered by white settlers, large timber covered the mounds. During the 1880s a group of scientists from the Smithsonian Institute, headed by a Colonel Norris, studied the Barboursville mounds. Within the mounds numerous burials were discovered and various artifacts, including potsherds, shells, and fragments of stone implements. Apparently all of these mounds were destroyed during the early 1900s.