Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Adena Culture

This ancient mound has overlooked the surrounding valley from high top its hillside perch for more than 2,000 years. It's hard to believe that this structure was built and saw many seasons before the birth of Christ ever occurred. The people who presumably built this mound belonged to the Adena culture (for early Native Americans, we have names for their cultural patterns rather than the actual tribes/groups). They built many mounds all over Ohio, for ritualistic and burial use. We don't know what this mound was used for, but it's pretty interesting that even the earliest of settlers to the area saw the significance and sacredness of the mound. They could have leveled the mound or done any number of things to it, but they buried their dead in its midst and left it alone. 

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