Sean Chaney

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I have always had a fascination with Anthropology, Archaeology and civilizations of the past, that's I guess how I wound up with a degree in it.

I grew up right down the street from a mound and am pretty sure the remnants of an ancient earthworks.The Ohio Valley and surrounding tributaries have a very interesting Native American past. One that involved cultures that built very large geometric earthworks and mounds. Many of these large earthworks are astronomically aligned as calendar systems and originally performed as ceremonial centers.  Unfortunately over the years most of these Earthworks and mounds have been destroyed damaged or greatly reduced in size and height because of Agriculture, land development, Rock Quarries, people luting for artifacts and the general lack of awareness by the general public. There is a great ignorance by the general public of Native American social and cultural achievements that have spanned over thousands of years. I grew up hearing about Stone henge in England when right in the Ohio Valley were also great Wood Henges and huge ceremonial centers some like Portsmouth and Newark Earthworks which are not scaled by feet but by miles. In the late 1700's and early 1800's some of these sites were surveyed then compiled in a book by Ephraim G. Squier and Edwin H. Davis which was published in 1848 Ancient Monuments Of The Mississippi Valley. I have taken Images from this book cleaned them up enlarged some of them and tried locating where these sites once were.(This book and it's images are now in the public domain with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years). I have also tried locating as many remaining Earthworks and mounds which are on public as well as private lands, always ask permission before trespassing on someone's private property. You can find the links on the left menu under Anthropology and above.

Below is an illustration From Squier and Davis of the Earthworks along the Paint Creek in Ross county Ohio 1847. Click on each Earthwork to view.

Below is a map of Earthworks from Archeological Atlas of Ohio by William C. Mills 1914. Click here for Interactive version

William C. Mills Archeological Atlas of Ohio 1914



 

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