Fort Ancient in Warren County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Twin Mounds & Parallel Walls
These circular twin mounds were excavated in the late 1800s and contained no human remains. Two shallow ditches extend from these earth mounds. One ditch connects to Randall Run on the north side of Fort Ancient, while the other connects with Cowen Run on the east and south sides of the site. Thus, the entire site is surrounded by either a river, stream and natural gully, or a ditch.
Parallel walls extended northeast from the twin mounds. These walls were approximately 2,700 feet in length and ended in an irregularly shaped circle around a small earth mound. The walls, three to four feet in height, 12 feet in width, and 140 feet apart, were distinct in the early 1800s. Only remnants could be seen in the 1920s along the fencerow at the woods. Today, after nearly two centuries of farming, they are no longer visible. The small earth mound inside the walls was excavated in 1893 but yielded no artifacts.
Who built these walls and mounds? What purpose did they serve? Visit the museum to find out.
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 39° 24.491′ N, 84° 5.152′ W. Marker is in Fort Ancient, Ohio, in Warren County. Marker is on Ohio Route 350 0.1 miles east of the Fort Ancient Click for map. 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. Astronomical Alignments (approx. ¼ mile away); Middle Fort Ditch Construction (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stages of Construction / Crescent Mounds (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.7 miles away); Changes at Fort Ancient (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Ancient Earthworks (approx. ¾ mile away); The Myth of the Mound Builders (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hilltop Enclosure (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Ancient.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Ancient. (Submitted on February 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Ancient Earthworks. (Submitted on February 27, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
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