Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Ceremonial Mound

Here is the route that I took to the ceremonial mound of the Adena and Hopewell. The Adena culture refers to the prehistoric American Indian peoples that lived in southern Ohio and neighboring regions of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana during the Early Woodland Period. They were the first people in this region to settle down in small villages, cultivate crops, use pottery vessels, acquire exotic raw materials, such as copper and marine shell, to make ornaments and jewelry, and bury their honored dead in conical burial mounds. More info is available for information sponges on the internet.

Below is a painting from the Ancient Ohio art series depicting an Early Woodland/Adena gathering at a ceremonial earthwork in the Hocking River Valley. I put this pic up to show what a ceremonial mound looks like since the photo (in my previous blog) that I took doesn'y fully show the shape of the mound with all those overgrown trees.

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