Arledge Mounds I and II

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Arledge Mounds I and II
The Arledge Mounds
Arledge Mounds I and II is located in Ohio
Arledge Mounds I and II
Arledge Mounds I and II is located in the US
Arledge Mounds I and II
Location Off State Route 56 southeast of Circleville[2]
Coordinates 39°33′0″N 82°52′27″W / 39.55000°N 82.87417°W / 39.55000; -82.87417Coordinates: 39°33′0″N 82°52′27″W / 39.55000°N 82.87417°W / 39.55000; -82.87417
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
NRHP reference # 74001591[1]
Added to NRHP July 30, 1974

The Arledge Mounds are a pair of Native American mounds in the south central part of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located near Circleville in Pickaway County,[1] the two mounds lie in the middle of a farm field, far from any roads. These two mounds are disparate in size: while the smaller mound's height is 5 feet (1.5 m), the other's is 20 feet (6.1 m), and their diameters are approximately 65 feet (20 m) and 120 feet (37 m) respectively.[3]:1140

Most unusual is the proximity of the mounds to each other — while many groups of mounds are known in Ohio,[3]:1238, 1362, 1371 they are not typically connected at the base as these two mounds are; only the Arledge Mounds and the McMurray Mounds, which straddled the border between Franklin and Madison counties, are known to have been conjoined. Although these mounds have not been excavated, archaeologists have proposed that they were built by the Adena culture, who are known to have built the McMurray Mounds.[3]:1141

As undisturbed works of the Adena or some other mound building culture, the Arledge Mounds are potentially a valuable archaeological site. In recognition of this fact, they were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

In 2006 the site was privately donated to The Archaeological Conservancy and renamed the Adams Archaeological Preserve.

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Front Cover". Ohio Archaeologist 34.2 (1984): 3.
  3. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999.