Effigy Pipes

Effigy Pipes (HMDU6)

Location: Chillicothe, OH 45601 Ross County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.542', W 83° 0.319'

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Although small and rather ordinary, this mound (Mound 8) contained a remarkable find. Nearly 200 pipes-mostly broken-were discovered here. Skillfully carved from stone, the pipes faithfully detailed human heads and indigenous animals. The pipe bowls sculpted in human effigies give us impressions of Hopewell hairstyles, headdresses, and facial tattooing. The animal effigies represent the abundant wildlife found in the Hopewell's world.

Some archeologists think that the pipes were mainly used in rituals by ceremonial leaders, as they smoked potent native tobaccos. During the burial ceremony the ceremonial leaders might have invoked the effigy's spirit for aid or protection in the spirit world.
HM NumberHMDU6
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 327271 N 4360387
Decimal Degrees39.37570000, -83.00531667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.542', W 83° 0.319'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 32.52" N, 83° 0' 19.14" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16062 OH-104, Chillicothe OH 45601, US
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