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The State of Ohio contains a larger number of prehistoric remnants than any other equivalent area in the Mississippi valley. Some have estimated the number of mounds at 10,000 and the enclosures, villages, and caches at around 1,500, making the total number of earthworks in Ohio more than 11,000.

Since its inception in 1966, more than 80,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these records hold information on more than 1.4 million individual resources including buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects which provides a link to the country’s heritage at the national, state, and local levels.

There are over 3,700 properties and sites listed in Ohio. Of these, approximately 200 are prehistoric locations. Within Ohio’s 88 counties, 50 counties include prehistoric sites listed in the National Registry. Do you know of a mound or earthwork site that is not protected? We can help you register your site with the National Register. If you have any questions please visit our Contact Page

The following chart is from the Archaeological Atlas of Ohio which was published in 1914. Many of the mounds and earthworks were destroyed by farming and development by this time. This chart shows the number of  recorded and mapped mounds:

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