Anatomy of a Mound
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Seip-Pricer Mound—the second largest known Hopewell mound—evolved through a sequence of events starting with the building of an oblong, multi-room mortuary building nearly 2,000 years ago. Ceremonial leaders cremated bodies elsewhere and interred them here in the mortuary building. They built earthen platforms, where ashes were laid, and, to a lesser extent, they placed extended corpses in log crypts. Some 122 men, women, and children were buried here, with unusual objects surrounding the remains.
The mortuary building was then burned down and the layering of the mound began. The large photo (right) shows a log crypt where the burials were mounded twice. The primary mound was built over the crypt, but over time the crypt's logs rotted away, causing the middle to sag. The secondary mound layer represents the Hopewell's restoration of the mound.
Archaeologist Henry Shetrone excavate ! Seip-Pricer Mound between 1926 and 1928. He found several large effigy pipes, including one of a dog eating a human head.
There were thousands of pearls.... Implements
Henry C. Shetrone, 1928
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 39° 14.283′ N, 83° 13.217′ W. Marker is in Bainbridge, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 50 0.1 miles west of Dill Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bainbridge OH 45612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ancient Artists (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ohio's Protector (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ceremonial Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Battle in the Scioto Country (approx. 0.9 miles away); Home of General Nathaniel Massie (approx. 4.1 miles away); PP African American Settlement / Eden Baptist Church (approx. 6.7 miles away); Concord Presbyterian Church (approx. 8 miles away); Salem Academy (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bainbridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.