Fort Ancient in Warren County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fort Ancient Dwelling
The Fort Ancient people who occupied this area between about AD900 and AD1600 lived in larger communities than the Hopewell people did. Their villages of 200 to 500 people were truly agricultural; they cultivated beans, corn, squash, and tobacco. This sort of agriculture was labor intensive. The Fort Ancient people supplemented their diet with wild game and wild plant foods. In this way they were able to support large villages. When resources in an area dwindled and the soil wore out, they moved to another location.
Some Fort Ancient villages may have been surrounded by a stockade. By AD900 populations had grown so much that in times of crop failure groups expanded their hunting territories, increasing the chance of hostilities with neighboring groups. Conflicts became widespread at times, but probably consisted of ambushes and small skirmishes rather than attacks on villages.
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
Location. 39° 23.973′ N, 84° 5.85′ W. Marker is in Fort Ancient, Ohio, in Warren County. Touch for map. Marker is near the park access road turnaround loop, about 0.2 miles west of the main picnic shelter on Fort Ancient State Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6123 Ohio Route 350, Oregonia OH 45054, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Myth of the Mound Builders (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ancient Prehistoric Indian Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Hilltop Enclosure (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Overlook (about 300 feet away); Fort Ancient Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Changes at Fort Ancient (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); Stages of Construction / Crescent Mounds (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Ancient.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Ancient. (Submitted on January 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Ancient Earthworks. (Submitted on January 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 620 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.