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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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Building the Past

Robert V. Riordan

University Press of Florida

Hopewell communities appear to have terminated their activity at some ritual contexts in highly formalized ways. These have previously been shown to include the burning of structures, the mounding of mortuary facilities with earth, and putting down surfaces of gravel over mounds and structures. At the Fort Ancient earthwork, the ritual locus known as the Moorehead Circle comprised multiple rings of wooden posts, centrally located ceremonial features, including a structure or space enclosed by posts, and long gravel trenches that are as yet poorly understood. A striking fact is that most of the posts are known to have been removed, and that some were treated in a variety of ways that are regarded as signifying the formal termination of their use. Examples from multiple locations within the Circle are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   Hopewell, Ritual contexts, Mortuary facilities, Fort Ancient earthwork, Moorehead Circle, Ceremonial features

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