Preserving the Velda Mound

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The Velda Mound built around 1,000 years ago was once the residence of Apalachee leaders. Now some folks have turned it into a place to dump trash and even spray graffiti, alarming some archaeologists.

Andrea White, a board member of the Panhandle Society at Tallahassee, said, "It's not monitored like a state park would be. We don't have land managers on sight and sometimes people come around and vandalize things and spray paint signs and do damage to some of the fencing and that kind of thing around the mound."

About 10 volunteers, including archaeological buffs, helped clean up the area, trying to help preserve the historical landmark.