The council and their guests could look out the door of the Canton Hotel and see a thirty-foot tall mound a couple hundred yards away — thanks to the fact that a historic church in between had recently been demolished.
“The showpiece, of course, is the big mound,” said Paul Gardner, Mid-West Director of the Archaeological Conservancy. “That should be preserved forever.”
Gardner noted that there are potentially at least ten other mounds scattered throughout modern-day Canton, and that the size of the large mound suggests an Indian town of substantial size.
The Archeological Conservancy is a private group that pays market price for archaeologically rich plots of land so archeologists and anthropologists can conduct surveys. As Gardner noted, though, the Conservancy only works with landowners who are willing to sell.
“This is exactly the kind of site I need to work on,” said Kit Wesler, an archeologist at Murray State University.
“There have been people here for at least 15,000 years,” Wesler said.
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