Seip Earthworks Complex

5b.3 Seip Earthworks Complex

Seip Earthworks Complex

The Seip complex consists of a square enclosing 27 acres, an irregular circle surrounding 77 acres, and a second circle enclosing 18 acres. Major parts of the walls, plus a small circle and several mounds, are no longer visible because of erosion and plowing. Recent studies suggest that the walls were 50 feet wide at the base and at least 10 feet high. Just beyond the northern wall of the large circle are several pits which were formed as the ancient people dug the dirt to make the walls. Within the large circle are three connected mounds. They range in size from 120 feet across and 20 feet high to 40 feet across and 6 feet high. The oval mound in the center of the complex is one of the largest Hopewell mounds known. It is 250 feet long, 150 feet wide, and 30 feet high.

Catalog Number:P 54
Image Number: AL01020