Friday, June 17, 2011

Adena (Beaker People) Henge Discovered in Chillicothe, Ohio (Ross County)

Adena (Beaker People) Henge Discovered in Chillicothe, Ohio

Adena mound builders sun temple is clearly visible on this aerial photo.

 
    The Ohio Historical Society and archaeologists have destroyed much of the Capital City of the Adena (Beaker People) and Hopewell (Sioux, Cherokee and Iroquois), but despite not being preserved, some of the most important sites can still be viewed.  Two large henges  were constructed on the confluence of Paint Creek and the North Fork of Paint Creek.  The two large henges are identical in size to the henges at Athens County, Ohio, Mounds State Park and Cambridge City, Indiana, which measured 660 feet in circumference.
    Henges, are circular earthworks with an outer wall and interior ditch and a gateway that is aligned to a solar event. Henges were adopted by the Beaker People, who also constructed Stonehenge.
    The archaeologist has called the Chillicothe burial mounds and earthwork Hopewell, but with this new find it shows that the capital city had a combination of both Adena and Hopewell elements and that it are the result of these two peoples merging into one society that is called the Adena-Hopewell.

Map of the Earthworks around Chillicothe, Ohio is originally drawn by Squire and Davis in Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley 1846.  No description of the North Fork henge was given by Squire and Davis, nor has it shown up in any archaeological reports. 

This photograph from Google Earth clearly shows that the outer embankment of both earthworks is still visible in this plowed field. Why is this not being saved from the obliteration of the plow?