Near Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Scared Purpose
We don't know what the Hopewell called the site, only that they used it in a purposeful manner-for social, religious, and burial purposes. Before they built each mound a ceremonial building was erected on the site. Ceremonial leaders performed complex rituals inside these buildings, including cremating the bodies of their deceased.
Perhaps a sacred burial process might have unfolded like this...
In a wood building covered with bark, smoke rises from the roof as a ceremonial leader, bent in ritual, cremates the remains of a respected society member. Copper ornaments and pearl and shell beads are placed with the remains. The ceremonial leader then covers the remains with a small mound of clay. In time, the building is dismantled.
Men, women, and children are organized to build an earthen mound atop the building remains. With sharpened sticks, antler picks, stone tools, and shell hoes they dig the earth needed
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 39° 22.567′ N, 83° 0.386′ W. Marker is near Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 104 1.7 miles north of U.S. 35. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Flourishing Culture (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker); Mica Splendor (within shouting distance of this marker); Effigy Pipes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gateposts from the Northern Entrance to Camp Sherman (approx. 1.1 miles away); Camp Sherman Memorial Park (approx. 1.5 miles away); Camp Sherman (approx. 1.5 miles away); Camp Bull (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
Also see . . .
1. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. This web link was both published and made available by, (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Mound City Group. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Mound City Group. This web link is provided by the National Park Service. (Submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 983 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.