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The Crigler Mounds, Sites Be 20 and Be 27, and the Hartman

Mound, Site Be 32, Boone County, Kentucky. By William

S. Webb. With Chapter on Physical Anthropology. By

Charles E. Snow. University of Kentucky Reports in An-

thropology and Archaeology, Vol. V, no. 6. (Lexington,

University of Kentucky, 1943. 74p. 20 figs. 10 tables.)

This new report on the Adena Complex in Kentucky is the

sixth in a series of eight bulletins describing mound explorations

of an important prehistoric Indian culture.

The Crigler mounds were on the bluff of the Ohio River nine

miles southwest of Cincinnati. They were excavated with W.P.A.

labor under the immediate supervision of Mr. John B. Elliott.

Mr. Elliott is to be congratulated for his excellent field technique

as indicated by his maps and photographs.

Mound Be 27 was a small mound which proved to have been

built over a cremated burial placed on the original surface of the

ground. With the burial were a few minor artifacts.

Mound Be 20 was an elongated mound fifteen feet in height.

It had been erected over the site of a circular house which was 56

feet in diameter. The door of this house faced to the east and

opposite it at the back wall was a raised clay platform or "dais."

Around the interior there were apparently benches or seats ar-

ranged in a circular pattern as indicated by post molds. At the

center was a fireplace. This house was burned and a log-tomb

was built over the "dais" in which was placed an extended burial

and two cremated burials. A second log-tomb was adjacent to

the first. A primary mound was erected over these tombs and

later, other tombs were built and covered with earth thus forming

the large main mound. The artifacts and the potsherds found in

the mound are of the usual Adena type with the exception of a

platform pipe and a cannel coal ring of Hopewell type. These two