: Photograph showing a fluted point recovered in an excavation of Esch Mound in 1930.
The Esch Mounds were a pair of conical mounds located along the Huron River in Erie County, Ohio. Emerson Greenman of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection) investigated these mounds in 1930 and unearthed a variety of objects including several platform pipes and a number of Flint Ridge Flint bladelets or flake knives. These are all diagnostic of the Hopewell culture (100 B.C. - A.D. 400) although a subsequent radiocarbon date of A.D. 590 points to a rather late timeframe for such a classical Hopewell site. Perhaps the most remarkable object recovered in Greenman’s excavations was a large stone smoking pipe made from Ohio pipestone and fashioned to represent the head of an alligator or perhaps some mythical deity in the Hopewell belief system. This extraordinary object is now on display at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
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: AV17_B01F05_E2_04 Subjects
: American Indian history; Ohio History--Natural and Native Ohio; Archaeological excavations; Hopewell culture; Esch Mound Places
: Erie County (Ohio)