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Miamisburg in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Miamisburg Mound

Marker Number Two

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2017
1. Miamisburg Mound Marker
Inscription. Miamisburg Mound, the largest conical earthwork in Ohio, originally was sixty-eight feet high with a diameter of three hundred feet. One excavating attempt in 1869 reduced the height to its present sixty-five feet. The mound was then partially investigated by means of a vertical shaft which extended from the top to the base and connected with two horizontal tunnels. The exploration revealed one burial eight feet from the top containing a bark covered skeleton and a vault twenty-eight feet lower that was surrounded by logs but without a burial. Along the sides of the vertical shaft were found various layers of ashes and stones, implying that the mound was built in several stages. The entire construction, however, has never been systematically excavated.

The conical shape, the type of burials, and the absence of associate earthworks indicate that the Miamisburg Mound was the work of Adena Indians, a prehistoric group that lived in the Ohio valley between 1000 B.C. and 400 A.D. These people were the first in this area to domesticate plants for food, to settle in fairly permanent villages, and to make pottery. An important part of their way of life was the proper burial of the dead in graves that were covered with earth mounds, such as this one.
 
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location.

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2017
2. Miamisburg Mound Marker
39° 37.658′ N, 84° 16.821′ W. Marker is in Miamisburg, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Mound Rd near Enterprise Ct., on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 695 Mound Rd, Miamisburg OH 45342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Miamisburg Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Mound Laboratory (1946- 2003) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mound Laboratory (1946- 2010) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Heritage Village (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mad River Road / Road From Cunningham's to Mad River (approx. 3.4 miles away); Washington Presbyterian Church Cemetery (was approx. 4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Woody's Market (approx. 4 miles away); The Wright Seaplane Base / Wright Model G "Aeroboat" (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miamisburg.
 
Categories. AnthropologyCemeteries & Burial SitesPaleontology
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2017
3. Miamisburg Mound Marker
Marker can be seen at a distance, on the east side of the mound
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2017
4. Miamisburg Mound Marker
A poster in the adjacent shelter
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2017
5. Miamisburg Mound Marker
Another poster, there are six total
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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