Fort Ancient in Warren County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Hopewell Indians constructed this hilltop enclosure and probably used it for social gatherings and religious observances. No evidence of Hopewell occupation is present within the 100+ acre enclosure. Hopewell domestic areas abound on the plateau outside the enclosure itself.
Once constructed, the site may have never been completely abandoned although its use as a ceremonial center apparently declined. About 1000 A.D. the Fort Ancient Indians established a small, stockaded village in the south fort. When Warren K. Moorehead investigated this village, he mistakenly thought its occupants for whom he named the site, had built the Fort Ancient earthworks.
The Fort Ancient Indians also founded a village at the base of the hill along the banks of the Little Miami River. They supported themselves by hunting, fishing, and growing crops such as corn and beans.
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 39° 24.022′ N, 84° 5.873′ W. Marker is in Fort Ancient, Ohio, in Warren County. Click for map. Marker is at the South Fort's North Overlook on Fort Ancient State Memorial. 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 North Overlook (here, next to this marker); Fort Ancient Prehistoric Indian Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Myth of the Mound Builders (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Ancient Dwelling (about 300 feet away); Fort Ancient Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Changes at Fort Ancient (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); Stages of Construction / Crescent Mounds (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Ancient.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Ancient. (Submitted on January 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Fort Ancient Earthworks. (Submitted on January 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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