Thursday, March 6, 2014

Your Daily Giant 1/24/2013

Miamisburg is the location of a prehistoric Indian burial mound (tumulus), believed to have been built by the Adena Culture, about 1000 to 200 BCE. Once serving as an ancient burial site, the mound has become perhaps the most recognizable historic landmark in Miamisburg. It is the largest conical burial mound in Ohio, originally nearly 70 feet tall (the height of a seven-story building) and 877 feet in circumference; it remains virtually intact from its construction perhaps 2500 years ago. Excavations conducted in 1869 revealed details of construction suggesting the Adena culture built the mound in several stages. The excavators found a layer of flat stones, overlapping like shingles on a roof, at a depth of 24 feet below the surface. At one point in its history, the mound had a stone facing. Monuments like Miamisburg Mound served as cemeteries for several generations of ancient Ohioans. They also may have marked the boundaries of tribal territories.
Stone facing must have been extremely impressive but many of these ancient structures were pirated for building materials by settlers. The accompanying giant account from Ohio describes the skull of the 8 footer exactly like the 8 footer with double rows of teeth in Deerfield, Ma. was described. "The Skull is as large as a peck basket." Photo courtesy of Jeffery Wilson.

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