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Building the PastPrehistoric Wooden Post Architecture in the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes$
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Brian G. Redmond and Robert A. Genheimer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060408

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060408.001.0001

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Wooden Structures and Cultural Symbolism in Ohio Hopewell

Wooden Structures and Cultural Symbolism in Ohio Hopewell

(p.85) 5 Wooden Structures and Cultural Symbolism in Ohio Hopewell
Building the Past

N’omi B. Greber

University Press of Florida

Many thousands of trees were harvested during the Hopewell Era to provide variously sized posts for construction and ritual uses. They served load bearing and architectural design functions in single and multi-roomed structures. Lines of posts encircled extensive, apparently cleared, areas of land or formed short screens. Some single posts, both inside and beyond the wooden structures, appear to be associated with ritual or ceremonial purposes. In this chapter, examples are given from this range of uses including the classic Big Houses and smaller structures and features that are part of the Seip, Tremper, Liberty, and Hopewell earthwork complexes.

Keywords:   Hopewell, Architectural design, Multi-roomed structure, Wooden structure, Big House, Seip, Earthwork complexes

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