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   There is little doubt that many homes and buildings in Miami County, and parts of Darke County, are located where ancient Native American burial mounds, earthworks and villages once sat. The fact is, long before Europeans arrived in western Ohio, life had flourished here for millennia. This article explores the history of civilization in western Ohio, starting with Archaic hunters and leading all the way to European contact.  ​READ THE FULL ARTICLE

  The people who lived in Ohio 2,000 years ago had a profound understanding of the universe and their place in it. They could look at the placement of the Sun, Moon and stars and know that it was time to plant a certain crop or hunt a certain animal. Their largest religious and social gatherings were held on the summer and winter solstices and during other celestial events. Their symbolism revolved around a fascination with the geometry and cosmic rhythms of the universe and how this relates to the cycles of life and death on the Earth below. They also may have understood much more about math and astronomy than first understood.

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  Solid evidence indicates that people have been continually using Meadowcroft Rockshelter in eastern Pennsylvania for at least 16,000 years and possibly for up to 21,000 years. If these facts hold up, it means those of us living in the Miami Valley are located less than four hours from the longest continually inhabited place in the Americas (so far), and one of the most controversial archaeological sites in the world. And, it’s open to the public. 

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  The Newark Earthworks in Ohio is part of 8 ancient Native American sites that recently became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This article, written before inscription, explores why the people who we call the Hopewell deserve to be honored and have their place in the history books.

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   If you visit Serpent Mound near Peebles, Ohio on June 20th/21st at sunset, you will see the wide-open mouth of the serpent effigy on the ground appear to swallow the sun as it sets over a hill in the distance known as Solstice Ridge. The origins of this Native American earthwork is a controversial subject that continues to be debated to this day, even as the site looks to be named a World Heritage Site.

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   At some time between 256 and 330 million years ago, when Ohio and North America were part of one giant supercontinent called Pangaea, and the Appalachian Mountains were still in their infancy, a giant asteroid or comet struck southern Ohio. The projectile punched a hole in the ground 5-to-9 miles wide and devastated most life within a radius of 58 square miles. Remnants of the impact crater can still be seen to this day.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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