Sunday, September 28, 2014
Oldest Burial Mound in Michigan Dating as Early as 3,000 B.C. Belongs to the Maritime Archaic
Oldest Burial Mound in Michigan Belongs to the Maritime Archaic
was formulated by William Ritchie in the 1930s dating as early as
3,000 B.C. According to Ritchie the distribution was chiefly N.Y.
and southern Ontario. Evidence presented here proves that the
Brewerton were further south and west than Ritchie believed.
Associated with the Brewerton are winged bannerstones, polished
gouges, adzes, celts, slate arrows and spears, plummets, bone awls
gouges, mullers and shallow mortars. They also had contact with the
“Copper Culture” and many times copper weapons are found within
their burials. Cremations in sub-surface burial pits or skeletons
placed in a sitting or spoked position was the most common type of
burials, sometimes dogs also accompany the dead.
In a paper called “Prehistoric Man on Martha’s Vineyard,” by James B. Richardson III, he reported a dog in a pit burial that was filled with shells and also included Brewerton points in adjoining shell mounds. This shows that there is an amount of gray area in classifying a site as a Laurentian Shell Mound or a Brewerton burial.
This mound at Croton Dam in Newaygo County, Michigan. In these mounds were found subsurface cremations, copper spear-points, stemmed points, copper beads, beaver incisors, stone drills, copper needles, red
ochre, fire kits, and a childs burial
that was accompanied by a dog. Burial traits and artifacts resemble
the Martime Archaic more than Woodland period.