Ohio History Journal

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614 Ohio Arch

614       Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications



As Chairman of the Committee on Parks, I have the follow-

ing report to submit. Acting under the instruction of our Presi-

dent, Mr. Arthur C. Johnson, I visited the following properties

during the year:

Logan Elm Park

Mound City Park

Fort Laurens Park

Schoenbrunn Park

Seip Mound Park

Serpent Mound Park

Fort Ancient Park

Campus Martius

Observing the magnitude of the task assigned to me in try-

ing to visit and direct improvements in all of the parks under

the control of the Archaeological Society, I was advised by the

President to devote my efforts during this year to two or three

of these parks, to get all possible work done in them and then

at a later period to take up the work at the others. It was de-

cided, after a conference with officers of the Society, that Fort

Ancient, Serpent Mound and, if possible, Fort Laurens, be given

attention this year.

Fort Ancient. This prehistoric fortification, considered by

many archaeologists to be of first importance in Ohio, is situated

in Warren County about six miles east of Lebanon. Several

roads lead from the Three C's Highway to this Park, so that

it is easily reached, being about three and one-half miles from

this highway. Fort Ancient is situated on a plateau overlooking

a sharp bend in the Little Miami River, above which it rises

to a height of two hundred and seventy feet, affording a mag-

nificent view of the river and valley below.

The fortifications consist of an irregularly shaped wall

averaging about ten feet in height. The fort is virtually divided

into two equal sections by a constriction in its formation near

the center and a wall extends across it at this point. There are

several small mounds within the inclosure. An interesting fea-