Niles-Wolford Mound

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The Niles-Wolford Mound was a conical burial mound located in Pickaway County, Ohio. Ohio Historical Society archaeologist Raymond Baby excavated the mound in 1955.

At the base of the mound, he uncovered a circular pattern of postmolds 16 by 18 feet in diameter. Such wooden structures are typical of Adena culture burial mounds.

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



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