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

Mica Splendor

 
 
Mica Splendor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
1. Mica Splendor Marker
Inscription. With the building of Camp Sherman, the army leveled this mound-Mound 13-to three feet above ground and built a barrack over it. In 1920 Ohio archeologists led by William Mills excavated the mound and were astonished to uncover the cremated remains of 20 burials. Some were on raised platforms with an array of usual objects.

A surprise find here was a raised-rectangular grave covered with sheets of mica, an exotic mineral not found in Ohio. Atop the mica were cremated remains of four people. Why were these four people honored so? Were they heroes or high ranking society members? We may never know. But we do know that the Hopewell honored their dead in differing social and economical ways, similar to American society today.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 22.59′ N, 83° 0.343′ 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
Mica Splendor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
2. Mica Splendor Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground, with the burial mound that is the subject of the marker immediately behind it.
culture. Upon ones arrival 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. A Scared Purpose (within shouting distance of this marker); Effigy Pipes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Flourishing Culture (about 300 feet away); Ancient Monuments (about 300 feet away); Gateposts from the Northern Entrance to Camp Sherman (approx. 1.1 miles away); Camp Sherman Memorial Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); Camp Sherman (approx. 1.5 miles away); Camp Bull (approx. 2 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.)
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, with this historical marker and subject mound being located to the far front left of the picture.
 
 
Categories. AnthropologyCemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 982 times since then and 3 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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