In the Footprints of Squier and Davis: Archeological Fieldwork in Ross County, Ohio


The papers in this volume were originally prepared for presentation at a symposium titled “In the Footprints of Squier and Davis: Hopewell Archaeology in Ross County, Ohio” at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Milwaukee, WI (April 11, 2003). Curiosity about the nature and contents of the mounds around Chillicothe, Ohio led Squier and Davis to conduct the first major archeological field study in North America. Field research is still the foundation of all archeological inquiry and contemporary scholars are using new and exciting methods and equipment to continue to explore the archeological record. This research is extremely important, because modern land-use practices are gradually destroying the archeological record. The purpose of this volume is to summarize the nature and results of recent research conducted at or near several large earthwork sites in Ross County, Ohio, the area that was the focus of Squier and Davis’ (1848) field research (Figure 1-1). Improvements in digital technology and geophysical survey instruments have led many of the archeologists contributing to this volume to use geophysical survey methods to cover large areas and to identify anomalies that may represent subsurface features. Advances in geophysical survey equipment and survey methods have permitted archeologists to survey large areas and to focus their excavations on strategic locations. Consequently, some of the authors in this volume have used strategic testing to study subsurface features and to avoid random and large-scale excavations.

This edited volume includes the following chapters:

In the Footprints of Squier and Davis : Archeological Fieldwork in Ross County, Ohio (Mark J. Lynott); In Non-mound Space at the Hopewell Mound Group (Jennifer Pederson Weinberger); Field Studies of the Octagon and Great Circle, High Bank Earthworks Ross County, Ohio (N’omi B. Greber and Orrin C. Shane III); Spruce Hill Earthworks: The 1995-1996 National Park Service Investigations (Bret J. Ruby); Falling Through a Crack in the Core: The Surprise and Demise of Anderson Earthwork (William H. Pickard and Jeffrey W. Weinberger); Middle Woodland and Other Settlement Remains in the Overly Tract Near The Hopeton Earthwork, Ross County, Ohio (William S. Dancey); Hopewell Occupation at the Hopeton Earthworks: Large Scale Surface Survey Using GPS Technology (Jarrod Burks and Dawn Walter Gagliano); Hopewellian Centers in Context: Investigations In and Around the Hopeton Earthworks (Bret J. Ruby And Mark J. Lynott); Searching for Hopewell Settlements: The Triangle Site at the Hopeton Earthworks (Mark Lynott); Geophysical Investigations at the Hopeton Earthworks (John Weymouth, Bruce Bevan, and Rinita Dalan); Archeological and Geoarcheological Study of the Rectangular Enclosure at the Hopeton Works (Mark J. Lynott and Rolfe D. Mandel); Ohio Hopewell Ritual Craft Production (Katherine A. Spielmann).

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In the Footprints of Squier and Davis: Archeological Fieldwork in Ross County, Ohio. Mark J. Lynott, Jennifer Pederson Weinberger, N'omi B. Greber, Orrin C. Shane, III, Bret J. Ruby, William H. Pickard, Jeffrey W. Weinberger, William S. Dancey, Jarrod Burks, Dawn Walter Gagliano, John Weymouth, Bruce Bevan, Rinita Dalan, Rolfe D. Mandel, Katherine Spielmann, Mark J. Lynott. Midwest Archeological Center ,5. Lincoln, Nebraska: National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center. 2009 ( tDAR id: 375819) ; doi:10.6067/XCV81G0KZQ

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