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Near Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Effigy Pipes

 
 
Effigy Pipes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
1. Effigy Pipes Marker
Inscription. Although small and rather ordinary, this mound (Mound 8) contained a remarkable find. Nearly 200 pipes-mostly broken-were discovered here. Skillfully carved from stone, the pipes faithfully detailed human heads and indigenous animals. The pipe bowls sculpted in human effigies give us impressions of Hopewell hairstyles, headdresses, and facial tattooing. The animal effigies represent the abundant wildlife found in the Hopewell's world.

Some archeologists think that the pipes were mainly used in rituals by ceremonial leaders, as they smoked potent native tobaccos. During the burial ceremony the ceremonial leaders might have invoked the effigy's spirit for aid or protection in the spirit world.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 22.542′ N, 83° 0.319′ W. Marker is near Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 104 1.7 miles north of U.S. 35. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the, "Hopewell Culture, National Historical Park." It is one of several historical markers used by the National Park Service to help explain the significance of this historical site, as well as the Hopewell culture. Upon ones arrival
Effigy Pipes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
2. Effigy Pipes Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground, with the burial mound that is the subject of the marker immediately behind it.
at the park, it is recommended that you go to the park visitor center and obtain a free site map showing all of the park's mound sites. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mica Splendor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Scared Purpose (about 300 feet away); A Flourishing Culture (about 400 feet away); Ancient Monuments (about 400 feet away); Gateposts from the Northern Entrance to Camp Sherman (approx. 1.1 miles away); Camp Sherman Memorial Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Camp Sherman (approx. 1.5 miles away); Camp Bull (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chillicothe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. This web link was both published and made available by, "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on July 21, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Mound City Group. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 21, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Mound City Group. This web link is provided by the National Park Service. (Submitted on July 21, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologyCemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Mound City image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
3. Mound City
A view of some of the mounds that make up the Mound City Group, where this historical marker and subject mound are located.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,562 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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