Received this today with the request to pass it along. It is of interest because unlike most or all other hilltop enclosures in Ohio, this one had stone walls instead of earthwork walls. Apparently there were also rock piles in connection with the walls. See the Spruce Hill preservation site for full information. Text and typefaces below are from the email. Sorry it's so long.
Spruce Hill is located in the
The Spruce Hill Works, listed on the National Historic Register since 1972 (site #72001039), is in immediate danger from potential development or outright destruction due to the site going up for sale in an auction June 14, 2007.
The Spruce Hill Works is one of
[There appears to be] evidence of industrial activity with at least 30 metal-working ‘furnaces’ which was first reported on in 1811 by James Foster, editor of the Scioto Gazette (an early Chillicothe, Ohio newspaper), Squier and Davis in 1847 reported seeing “strong traces of fire” and that many stone mounds along the wall exhibited marks of intense heat which vitrified the surfaces of the stones, and more recently, tangible evidence for metal casting was discovered by John Cahoon in 1993 in the form of a vitrified clay mold located at the “isthmus”, or narrow SW entranceway into the Spruce Hill Works which may have been used to cast a +20 lbs. copper ‘celt’ found in excavations of the nearby Seip Mound earthworks. Limited ‘test’ excavations were conducted by archaeologists from the National Park Service in 1995-96 which found Hopewellian-culture related artifacts, vast quantities of burned, fused, or glazed sandstones and vitrified soils, and also confirmed that the stone walls were artificially constructed and not natural as some skeptics had asserted.
This monumental construction is incredibly (!) still primarily preserved, and has never undergone development by having been a part of the historic Spruce Hill farm, thereby remaining intact through private ownership – UNTIL NOW. On June 14, 2007, the historic Spruce Hill farm is going up for auction and is being divided into three tracts -- one of those tracts includes the earthworks in their entirety.
Why is there a danger to this site? Because the area up for auction (all three tracts of the farm) includes several hundred acres of prime forest timber that Mead Paper Corp., a paper mill located in nearby
How can you help? Three organizations are spearheading the effort to save this important site: the Arc of
Please do all you can as the window of opportunity (only about one month away) is rapidly closing! Please forward this notice to your contact e-mail lists, and give it to anyone you feel may be able to help. We will be extending this notification to representatives in the Ohio Legislature, Congress, various archaeological and nature preserve organizations, as well as several news organizations. We urge you to also contact as many as you can to voice your support. Only a large collective effort will be able to accomplish saving Spruce Hill in this short window of time!
Jeffrey and Delsey Wilson,
Friends of the Serpent Mound,
Saving Spruce Hill: http://www.highlandssanctuary.org/Hopewell/sprucehill.htm
National Park Service