Three Adena Burial Mounds in a Group Photographed in Noble County, Indiana

Three Adena Burial Mounds in a Group Photographed in Noble County, Indiana


Three burial mounds are still visible on what was the Grannis property in Noble County, Indiana. They are situated in a triangular shape on high ground above a small ancient lake.
The size of the burial mounds shows that they were in an early stage, just after the charnel house was burnt and earth covered the burials.


The largest of the burial mounds is the one in the foreground of the previous photo. The skull removed was described as " much better frontal development than the average," that is diagnostic of the Adena. This, as well as the group of three mounds in a cluster, is evidence that the Adena were living much further north than archaeologists have professed.

History of the Counties of Whitley and Noble County Indiana, 1882
   "Mr. Denney opened two mounds on the farm of Samuel Myers, Orange township, both containing nothing but charcoal; he also opened three more near there, on the farm of Otis Grannis, one of them being eight feet in height and about eight feet in diameter at the base. Three quite preserved skeletons were taken from this mound, one of the skulls being almost entire, and having a much better frontal development than the average. This mound is probably the largest in the county. Two mounds near it, of average, size contained a bed of charcoal each.”

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