W.C. Clemmons Mound

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W.C. Clemmons Mound
W.C.ClemmondsMound.JPG
Roadside view of the mound
W.C. Clemmons Mound is located in Ohio
W.C. Clemmons Mound
Location Southern side of Florence Chapel Rd., northwest of Fox[2]
Coordinates 39°38′57″N 83°1′44″W / 39.64917°N 83.02889°W / 39.64917; -83.02889Coordinates: 39°38′57″N 83°1′44″W / 39.64917°N 83.02889°W / 39.64917; -83.02889
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74001594[1]
Added to NRHP May 2, 1974

The W.C. Clemmons Mound is a Native American mound in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located near the unincorporated community of Fox,[1] it lies in the middle of a farm field near a creek. A cone measuring approximately 22 feet (6.7 m) high and 144 feet (44 m) in diameter, its shape is almost exactly circular.[3]

The mound is significant as a potential archaeological site. Although it has never been excavated, its location has led archaeologists to conclude that it was built by people of the Adena culture, who constructed many burial mounds for their leaders; typical Adena mounds contain log tombs that house the bodies of high-ranking members of society along with plentiful grave goods. Because the mound has never been excavated, it is exceedingly well preserved; perhaps no other mound in Pickaway County has been so little changed since the region was settled.[3]

In 1974, the Clemmons mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, due to its archaeological value.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Location derived from Mills, William C. Archeological Atlas of Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society, 1914, page 65 and plate 65. The NRIS does not provide the address.
  3. ^ a b Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 1143.