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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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Living Large on the Bottom

Living Large on the Bottom

A Structural Engineering Analysis of Three Ohio Hopewell Structures from Brown’s Bottom, Ross County, Ohio

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Building the Past

Noah Kanter

Paul J. Pacheco

Renato Perucchio

Jarrod Burks

University Press of Florida

Between 2005 and 2011, two complete prehistoric timber-framed structures were discovered and excavated at the Brown’s Bottom 1 and Lady’s Run sites near Chillicothe, Ohio. All three are comparatively large structures of Ohio Hopewell origin, ranging from 100 to 188 square meters in size. This chapter presents a complete structural engineering and architectural analysis that will address features such as the presence or absence of roofs, the relative strengths of support posts, the effects of soil dynamics of the Scioto floodplain on the integrity of the structures, and the physical appearance of these structures. As part of the analysis, the interior features of each of the structures will be described and incorporated into the final interpretation that these structures represent roofed, Ohio Hopewell domestic houses.

Keywords:   Timber-framed structure, Brown’s Bottom, Chillicothe, Ohio Hopewell, Structural analysis, Soil dynamics, Domestic houses

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