Shawnee Lookout Archeological District

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Shawnee Lookout Archeological District
Entrance to Shawnee Lookout Park
Shawnee Lookout Archeological District is located in Ohio
Shawnee Lookout Archeological District
Location In Shawnee Lookout, southwest of Cleves[2]
Nearest city Cleves, Ohio
Coordinates 39°7′34″N 84°47′58″W / 39.12611°N 84.79944°W / 39.12611; -84.79944Coordinates: 39°7′34″N 84°47′58″W / 39.12611°N 84.79944°W / 39.12611; -84.79944
Area 2,000 acres (810 ha)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74001516[1]
Added to NRHP December 2, 1974

The Shawnee Lookout Archeological District is a historic district in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Ohio.[1] Located southwest of Cleves in Hamilton County's Miami Township,[2] the district is composed of forty-six archaeological sites spread out over an area of 2,000 acres (810 ha).[1] Thirty-four of these sites are located in the 1,000 acres (400 ha) Shawnee Lookout Park, which has been called one of the most beautiful parks in southwestern Ohio.[3]

The combination of river bottoms and wooded hillsides in Shawnee Lookout have made it a highly attractive site for prehistoric settlement. As a result, the lands included in the district have a long record of aboriginal residency: artifacts found in the district's sites span a range of ten thousand years.[3] These artifacts represent many cultures, including various Archaic peoples, the Hopewell tradition, and other Woodland period peoples.[4] Among the artifacts found at one of the sites are a wide range of biological remains, such as bird bones, fish bones, walnuts, turtle shells, and deer bones.[3] In recognition of the archaeological value of the sites composing the district, Shawnee Lookout was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Mills, William C. Archeological Atlas of Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society, 1914, page 31 and plate 31.
  3. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 666-667.
  4. ^ Shawnee Lookout Archeological District, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-06-16.