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Fort Ancient in Warren County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Changes at Fort Ancient

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
1. Changes at Fort Ancient Marker
Inscription.
Many changes have occurred at Fort Ancient over the last 2,000 years. Hopewell Indians built the site and used it as a ceremonial and social gathering area. The Fort Ancient Indians lived in the South Fort 500 years after the Hopewell people left. There is no evidence that the Fort Ancient Indians used the Middle or North Fort areas. The timeline below shows major occurrences at Fort Ancient.

100BC - AD500 Constructed and used by Hopewell Indians

AD900 - AD1600 Fort Ancient Indians inhabit South Fort area

Ca.1798 Chillicothe-Lebanon turnpike built through the site

1809 First reported and surveyed. Published in Port Folio magazine

1810 - 1880 Several surveys and examinations of the site

1881-1889 First systematic excavation by Warren K. Moorehead

1891 Fort Ancient purchased by state to be operated by Ohio Historical Society

1893 - 1936 Anderson Village site excavated by Clifford Anderson

1908 Portions excavated by William C. Mills

1920 First museum opened near Little Miami River

1932 - 1936 Used as Civilian Conservation Corps base camp. Earthworks renovated

1939 - 1940 Portions excavated by Richard Morgan

1968 Second museum dedicated

1982 - 1991 Portions excavated by Patricia Essenpreis

1987
Changes at Fort Ancient Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
2. Changes at Fort Ancient Marker
CCC-built picnic shelter in background. Looking east.
- 1996 Portions excavated by Robert Connolly

1998 New museum dedicated

Today In order to preserve the past for the future, we must care for it today.

 
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.994′ N, 84° 5.635′ W. Marker is in Fort Ancient, Ohio, in Warren County. Click for map. Marker is about 175 feet WNW of the main picnic shelter on Fort Ancient State Memorial, near the park access road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6123 Ohio Route 350, Oregonia OH 45054, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ancient Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civilian Conservation Corps (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stages of Construction / Crescent Mounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Myth of the Mound Builders (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Ancient Dwelling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hilltop Enclosure (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Ancient Prehistoric Indian Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Overlook (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Ancient.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Ancient State Memorial. (Submitted on January 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Ancient Earthworks. (Submitted on January 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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