The Village Site
Frederic W. Putnam, the Harvard University archaeologist who studied Serpent Mound in the late 1800s, described this area as a village site - actually two overlapping village sites, one earlier and one later.
Here he found "sites of dwellings,” hearths, animal bones, stone tools, broken pottery and "many thousand chips of flint.” Putnam wrote that "all these things showed beyond question that here had been an ancient village."
The artifacts found near the surface belong to the Fort Ancient culture and date to around 1100 CE. The artifacts from deeper layers belong to the Adena culture and date to around 300 BCE.
Though Putnam referred to this as a village site,
it is possible that one or both of these sites were
not ordinary villages. They may, instead, have
been the places where people stayed only while
they took part in ceremonies or community events
focused on the mounds.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Notable Places.
Location. 39° 1.45′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Serpent In American Indian Traditions (here, next to this marker); The Shawnee And The King Of The Serpents (here, next to this marker); What Is An Effigy Mound? (here, next to this marker); Exploring Serpent Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome To Serpent Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Burial Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Serpent Mound Impact Crater (within shouting distance of this marker); Who Built Serpent Mound? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peebles.
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