Monday, June 26, 2017

Ft Ancient on the Little Miami River - Weaver family History

Fort Ancient, on the Little Miami River was important in the travels and curious nature of the family in my experience ----now under new management in the 21st Century
--> In Warren County, Ohio, an isolated peninsula rises 80 meters (about 260 feet) above the muddy banks of the Little Miami River. There exists an immense monument to the dedication and technological savvy of the original inhabitants of prehistoric North America. This vast 51 hectare (about 126 acres) plateau is enclosed by embankment walls that stand 1.5 to 7 meters (about 5 to 23 feet) high, constructed by repeatedly dumping baskets loaded with soil upon one another. The Hopewell, known for their engineering expertise, built these walls and many other features both within the enclosure and on the steep valleys that surround the site: conical and crescent-shaped mounds, limestone pavements and circles, and many subsurface elements that are currently coming to light. Today, the Fort Ancient State Memorial is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its importance to Ohio prehistory.--------Fort Ancient represents an embankment of ceremonial space rather than a fortress. Archaeological investigations have been nearly continuous at Fort Ancient since Moorehead, but the techniques used and the information gained have drastically changed how the site is viewed. In 2005, Dr. Jarrod Burks performed remote sensing, a method for detecting what is below the ground without actually digging, in areas that had not been previously excavated. These tests revealed a mysterious feature never seen before in Hopewell archaeology, a circular arrangement of posts nearly 60 meters (about 200 feet) in diameter. The Ohio Historical Society asked Dr. Robert Riordan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio to conduct an archaeological investigation in this newly discovered area with the help of his Field School in Archaeology. He began excavations in 2006 and has continued each summer since. At the center of this ring of posts, now referred to as the Moorehead Circle, there lays a shallow basin filled with presumably burned red clay. Currently, there are several research projects based on the work being done at the Moorehead Circle in hopes that we might gain insight into how it was used and, potentially, how Fort Ancient itself was used in prehistory.
On August 1st, 2009, the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH), parent organization of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, assumed management of the day-to-day operations at the Fort Ancient State Memorial. This partnership between the Ohio Historical Society and DSNH assures that Fort Ancient will remain a protected piece of American prehistory that is available for the public to enjoy.

Two Couples around 1913 overlooking the Little Miami from the Ft Ancient hill, second from left, Noah Elwood Weaver, and then his wife Edna Helena Eicher Weaver, with their son, Paul Henry Weaver (born Dec 24, 1910, West Carrollton OH) -
1928 view of Little Miami and bridge north of hill at Ft Ancient p4 NEWeaverSmallBlackAlbum now at Wright State U archives - Noah Elwood Weaver collection(curious where this is relative to I -71 that now passes to the north ---
1952 Weaver family picnie at Ft Ancient, 1952 visit with L- R Hanna Swearingen, Virginia Magee Weaver, Aunt Emma Esther Eicher, Tom Weaver, Paul H Weaver and Peg Glessner Weaver
L - R, Emma Esther Eicher, Noah Elwood Weaver, Tom Weaver, Paul Henry Weaver,  Peg Glessner Weaver
1959, Tom Weaver age 12 with butterfly net, Ft Ancient with Little Miami below by N Elwood Weaver
1973 Signage at Fort Ancient when visited with my parents at the time of Noah Elwood Weaver's funeral and burial in Wilmington Ohio with his second wife, Virginia Magee Weaver

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