Sandusky Culture

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A.D. 1200 to 1650

The Sandusky culture -- an archaeological designation -- refers to a Late Prehistoric group that occupied portions of northwestern Ohio. It is distinguished from other Late Prehistoric societies mainly by distinctive kinds of pottery.

It should be noted that "Prehistoric", as used here, is an archaeological periodization that erroneously seems to imply that pre-contact North American Indian peoples lacked a history. While "pre-contact" is the going term for historians, "prehistoric" has been retained here because the designation is still common in the archaeological literature.

The Sandusky culture is named for the Sandusky River.

See Also


  1. Woodward, Susan L., and Jerry N. McDonald. Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley: A Guide to Mounds and Earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient People. Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, 2002. 
  2. Lepper, Bradley T. Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio's Ancient American Indian Cultures. Wilmington, Ohio, Orange Frazer Press, 2005.