Mica Splendor

Mica Splendor (HMDU8)

Location: Chillicothe, OH 45601 Ross County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 22.59', W 83° 0.343'

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With the building of Camp Sherman, the army leveled this mound-Mound 13-to three feet above ground and built a barrack over it. In 1920 Ohio archeologists led by William Mills excavated the mound and were astonished to uncover the cremated remains of 20 burials. Some were on raised platforms with an array of usual objects.

A surprise find here was a raised-rectangular grave covered with sheets of mica, an exotic mineral not found in Ohio. Atop the mica were cremated remains of four people. Why were these four people honored so? Were they heroes or high ranking society members? We may never know. But we do know that the Hopewell honored their dead in differing social and economical ways, similar to American society today.
HM NumberHMDU8
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 9:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 327238 N 4360477
Decimal Degrees39.37650000, -83.00571667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.59', W 83° 0.343'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 35.40" N, 83° 0' 20.58" 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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