Ohio's Prehistoric Timeline
People have lived in the land we now call Ohio for more than 12,000 years! This timeline is an outline of the story of Ohio's past, from 13,000 B.C. until 1843, as related by archaeologists and historians. It is organized by time period and cultural tradition and includes a few selected events from world history for comparison with what was happening in Ohio.
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- Cayton, Andrew. Ohio: The History of a People. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2002.
- Emerson, T.E., McElrath, D.L. , and Fortier, A. C. , eds. Late Woodland Societies: Tradition and Transformation Across the Midcontinent. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.
- Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.