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Winthrop Sargent Papers, 1776-1865
Description: Original drawings of artifacts recovered during the excavation of a mound at Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 30, 1794. These drawings by Winthrop Sargent include Archaic plummets and Middle Woodland ear ornaments and a bird head carving crafted by the Hopewell Culture. Handwritten descriptions accompany the illustrations. These objects were uncovered from a mound located near what is now the intersection of Third and Main Streets in Cincinnati. Sargent, who at the time was secretary and governor pro tem of the Northwest Territory, described these findings in a letter dated September 8, 1794, to a Dr. Benjamin Barton of Philadelphia. This is considered the first official reporting of mound excavations in Cincinnati by Ohio settlers. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: MSS11_B03F11_001
Subjects: Archaeology--United States--History; Mounds--Ohio River Valley; Excavations (Archaeology)--Ohio; Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820; Hopewell Culture (A.D. 1-400);
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)