George Deffenbaugh Mound

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George Deffenbaugh Mound
Nearest city Laurelville, Ohio
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74001526[1]
Added to NRHP July 15, 1974

The George Deffenbaugh Mound is a Native American mound in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located northeast of Laurelville in Hocking County,[2] the mound sits on a ridgeline; it is 6.5 feet (2.0 m) tall and approximately 50 feet (15 m) in diameter. It was first excavated at an unknown date prior to 1941; at this time, a hole was sunk from the mound's crest to its base, and a smaller hole was dug into its edge.[3]

The mound's location and conical shape indicates that it is a work of the Adena culture, which was active between 1000 BC and AD 400. Occupation of the vicinity was not seemingly limited to the Adena period; approximately 0.3 miles (0.48 km) away from the Deffenbaugh Mound is a stone mound perhaps built by the Fort Ancient culture, perhaps more than one thousand years after the construction of the Deffenbaugh Mound.[3]

In 1974, the Deffenbaugh Mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its potential to be a valuable archaeological site.[1]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ 44 FR 7558
  3. ^ a b Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 774.