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Ogden-Fettie Mound

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What's The Story

The Ogden-Fettie Mound is one of many large groups of Middle Woodland mounds in the Illinois River valley. It is one of a handful of Native American burial mounds that remain where once there were 35 or more arranged in a huge crescent. Standing 15 feet tall, the mound was made from earth gathering by Native American hands and transported basket by basket. Each of the mounds in this complex and elsewhere are monuments that celebrate those who were buried within them and their way of life.

In the early 20th century, avocational archaeologists explored small areas of the Ogden-Fettie mound by tunneling into it. They found artifacts typical of the Middle Woodland Havana- Hopewell culture and evidence of burial practices comparable to those documented at other Middle Woodland sites.

There have been several more methodical small-scale archaeological investigations of the site. The assortment of stone tools, pottery, animal bone, and freshwater mussel shell is evidence of a variety of domestic activities such as food procurement and preparation. The presence of varieties of pottery, imported stone, and specific types of stone tools are generally associated with ritual activity. Further study is necessary to establish a better understanding of the number of people once-resident at the site and the nature of their activities.

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