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

Middle Fort Ditch Construction

 
 
Middle Fort Ditch Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
1. Middle Fort Ditch Construction Marker
Inscription.
Archaeologists cite three reasons why “Fort” Ancient is not a fortification. First, there is no evidence that a large number of people lived inside the earthworks, definitely not the thousands needed to defend such a large area. Second, there are 67 openings in the earthen walls with no known way to close them. Finally, the ditch is on the inside of the walls not the outside where it would be an effective defense.

The purpose of the interior ditch is unknown. The ditch probably provided soil for the construction of the earth walls and may be only a borrow pit. It may have served as a water collection area. Early records indicate that a spring once fed water into the ditch. It has also been suggested that water had an important symbolic relationship with American Indian religion.
 
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 24.274′ N, 84° 5.452′ W. Marker is in Fort Ancient, Ohio, in Warren County. Click for map. Marker is in the Middle Fort in Fort Ancient State Memorial, about 800 feet SSW of the museum and about 75 feet SE of the site 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
Middle Fort Ditch Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
2. Middle Fort Ditch Construction Marker
Ditch and earthen wall evident behind marker.
distance of this marker. Astronomical Alignments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stages of Construction / Crescent Mounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Changes at Fort Ancient (approx. 0.4 miles away); Twin Mounds & Parallel Walls (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Ancient Earthworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Myth of the Mound Builders (approx. half a mile away); Hilltop Enclosure (approx. half a mile 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 Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Ancient Earthworks. (Submitted on January 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesLandmarksMan-Made FeaturesNative AmericansNatural FeaturesNotable Persons
 
Middle Fort Ditch Construction Diagram on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
3. Middle Fort Ditch Construction Diagram on Marker
View of Middle Fort from Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 6, 2009
4. View of Middle Fort from Marker
Looking southwest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 539 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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