Distinct Skull Traits of Adena and Hopewell

Distinct Skull Traits of Adena and Hopewell 

The Adena People

 By William S. Webb, Charles E. Snow,

“One of the outstanding and un-Indian traits present among the Adena people is their prominent and often bilateral chins…One of the skulls from the Dover Mound, Burial 25…represents a bilateral chin with a width of 52 mm.” 

                                       Adena male with the "bilateral protrusions of the jaw

“One of the particular features present in at least one-half of the observed examples is the great width of the bony chin, formed by bilateral eminences rarely found among the skulls of the much earlier Shell Heap People or among the later Hopewell People.”