Debunking The Origins Of The Ancient Nikwasi Mound

By Lilly Knoepp, Blue Ridge Public Radio


At its March meeting, the Franklin Town Council moved forward with a motion to transfer ownership of the Nikwasi Mound to a nonprofit.


The origin of the ancient mound has been called into question. BPR spoke with historians and archeologists about the mound and what makes it a sacred space.


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