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| caption = Ceramic rimsherd is an example of Adena Plain pottery. It was part of a fairly large jar with a slightly outward bending rim and a flat lip. The surface is plain with no decoration. It is very pale brown and dark gray in color. Item was excavated from Cowan Creek Mound in Vernon Township, Clinton County, Ohio.
 
| caption = Ceramic rimsherd is an example of Adena Plain pottery. It was part of a fairly large jar with a slightly outward bending rim and a flat lip. The surface is plain with no decoration. It is very pale brown and dark gray in color. Item was excavated from Cowan Creek Mound in Vernon Township, Clinton County, Ohio.
 
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<p>The Cowan Creek Mound was a conical burial mound located in Vernon Township, Clinton County, Ohio. Raymond Baby excavated the mound in the late 1940s. At the base of the mound, he uncovered a circular pattern of postmolds 45 feet in diameter. He found many small, thick fragments of charred bark around the postmolds and concluded that these features represented an ancient house that had been roofed with bark. This was the first discovery of a circular pattern of postmolds beneath a mound in Ohio.</p>
The '''Cowan Creek Mound''' was a conical burial mound located in Vernon Township, Clinton County, Ohio. Raymond Baby excavated the mound in the late 1940s. At the base of the mound, he uncovered a circular pattern of postmolds 45 feet in diameter. He found many small, thick fragments of charred bark around the postmolds and concluded that these features represented an ancient house that had been roofed with bark. This was the first discovery of a circular pattern of postmolds beneath a mound in Ohio.
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<p>A radiocarbon date for the site indicated it was built at around 440 BC, placing it in the Adena culture.</p>
 
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<p>Baby thought the structure had been a dwelling that was burned down to be used as a place of burial. Later investigators think such Adena structures were specialized mortuary buildings used for funeral rites and burial.</p>
A radiocarbon date for the site indicated it was built at around 440 BC, placing it in the Adena culture.
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Baby thought the structure had been a dwelling that was burned down to be used as a place of burial. Later investigators think such Adena structures were specialized mortuary buildings used for funeral rites and burial.
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*[[Raymond Baby]]
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==References==
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#Lepper, Bradley T. <em>Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio's Ancient American Indian Cultures.</em> Wilmington, Ohio, Orange Frazer Press, 2005.&nbsp;
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#Webb, William S. and Raymond S. Baby. <em>The Adena People No. 2.</em> Ohio Historical Society, Columbus. 1975.
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#Woodward, Susan L., and Jerry N. McDonald. <em>Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley: A Guide to Mounds and Earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient People</em>. Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, 2002.&nbsp;
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Revision as of 04:58, 18 May 2013

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Ceramic rimsherd is an example of Adena Plain pottery. It was part of a fairly large jar with a slightly outward bending rim and a flat lip. The surface is plain with no decoration. It is very pale brown and dark gray in color. Item was excavated from Cowan Creek Mound in Vernon Township, Clinton County, Ohio.

The Cowan Creek Mound was a conical burial mound located in Vernon Township, Clinton County, Ohio. Raymond Baby excavated the mound in the late 1940s. At the base of the mound, he uncovered a circular pattern of postmolds 45 feet in diameter. He found many small, thick fragments of charred bark around the postmolds and concluded that these features represented an ancient house that had been roofed with bark. This was the first discovery of a circular pattern of postmolds beneath a mound in Ohio.

A radiocarbon date for the site indicated it was built at around 440 BC, placing it in the Adena culture.

Baby thought the structure had been a dwelling that was burned down to be used as a place of burial. Later investigators think such Adena structures were specialized mortuary buildings used for funeral rites and burial.

See Also

References

  1. Lepper, Bradley T. Ohio Archaeology: An Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio's Ancient American Indian Cultures. Wilmington, Ohio, Orange Frazer Press, 2005. 
  2. Webb, William S. and Raymond S. Baby. The Adena People No. 2. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus. 1975.
  3. 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.