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Seip Earthworks drawing
Description: Published in "Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley" by E.G. Squier and E.H. Davis in 1848, this is a drawing showing an aerial view of the Seip Earthworks, a Hopewell site, in Bainbridge, Ohio, in Ross County. Seip Mound is one of the largest earthen mounds built by the Hopewell culture (100 B.C.-500 A.D.), an ancient American Indian culture group. The earthworks is 240 feet long, 130 feet wide, and 30 feet high. Originally, this mound was surrounded by a large, semi-circular enclosure that was connected to smaller circular and square enclosures. In all, the earthworks enclosed 121 acres with 10,000 feet of embankment walls. The Ohio History Connection excavated Seip Mound between 1925 and 1928. The excavation team discovered more than one hundred burials associated with a variety of artifacts crafted from exotic raw materials such as copper and mica. At the conclusion of the study, the mound was restored to its original dimensions. Between 1906 and 1909, the Ohio History Connection explored a smaller structure, composed of three connected mounds, located a short distance to the east of the large Seip Mound. This mound also was called "Seip Mound," but to avoid confusion it is now referred to as the Seip Conjoined Mound. Sometimes the larger Seip Mound is called the Seip-Pricer Mound. Seip Mound is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL08599
Subjects: Ross County (Ohio); Mounds--Ohio; American Indians--Archaeology; Maps
Places: Bainbridge (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)