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Fort Ancient State Memorial


October 12, 2013: Fort Ancient State Memorial

In Warren County, Ohio, an isolated peninsula rises 80 meters above the muddy banks of the Little Miami River. There exists an immense monument to the dedication and technological savvy of the original inhabitants of prehistoric North America. This vast 126-acre plateau is enclosed by embankment walls that stand 1.5 to 7 meters high, constructed by repeatedly dumping baskets loaded with soil upon one another. The Hopewell, known for their engineering expertise, built walls and many other features here as a ceremonial space. The site includes conical and crescent-shaped mounds, limestone pavements and circles, and many subsurface elements both within the enclosure and on the steep valleys that surround the site. Today, the Fort Ancient State Memorial is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its importance to Ohio prehistory. In addition to being an outstanding archaeological site, Fort Ancient is a beautiful natural area with great opportunities for spotting birds and other creatures as well as studying plant life.  More information is available at Sam Fitton will lead this outing, which will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the former Wal-Mart parking lot (on Locust Street next to McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack a lunch and bring binoculars if possible.

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