MIAMISBURG MOUND STATE MEMORIAL
MIAMISBURG MOUND STATE MEMORIAL
The Miamisburg Mound is the largest conical burial mound in the state of Ohio and possibly in the eastern U. S.
Archaeological investigations of the surrounding area suggest that it was constructed by the prehistoric Adena Indians (800 BC - AD 100). Built on a 100-foot-high bluff, the mound measures 877 feet in circumference. It was originally more than 70 feet high.
Visitors may climb the 116 steps from its base to the summit for a view of the surrounding park. The 37-acre park has picnic tables and a playground.
Miamisburg Mound State Memorial, also known as the Miamisburg Mound, is a Native American ceremonial earthwork located in Miamisburg, Ohio. It is believed to have been constructed by the Adena culture people over 2,000 years ago.
The Adena culture flourished in the Ohio River Valley from around 800 BC to 100 AD. They were known for their unique burial practices and their construction of large burial mounds and earthworks. The Miamisburg Mound is one of the best-preserved and largest examples of these structures.
The Mound is believed to have originally been around 68 feet tall and had a base diameter of about 877 feet. However, due to erosion and past agricultural and industrial use of the surrounding land, its height is now approximately 65 feet.
In the 19th century, the Miamisburg Mound gained attention and interest. It became a popular tourist attraction, with visitors coming from far and wide to see this ancient construction. In the mid-1800s, the site was privately owned, and it was run as a recreational park with various amenities such as a dance floor, bowling alley, and refreshment stands.
In 1869, the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection) purchased the Mound, recognizing its historical and cultural importance. They started the first systematic archaeological excavations in the 1860s and 1870s, revealing significant Adena artifacts and burial remains.
The Mound was acquired by the State of Ohio in 1895 and was designated as a State Memorial. It has since been protected and preserved as an archaeological site and a significant cultural landmark. In 1971, the Miamisburg Mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, the Miamisburg Mound continues to be a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the region's rich Native American heritage. Various interpretive signs and displays explain the significance of the mound and its role in the ancient Adena culture. The site also hosts special events and educational programs, allowing visitors to learn more about Ohio's ancient past.
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