Sunday, March 5, 2023

Oldest Burial Mounds in the Midwest in Newaygo County, Michigan Could Date as Early as 3,000 B.C.

Oldest Burial Mounds in the Midwest in Newaygo County, Michigan Could Date as Early as 3,000 B.C.

More burial mounds in Michigan. These burial mounds could be the oldest in the Midwest : Visiting the Cass County, Michigan Giant's Burial Mound

    Two conical burial mounds are still visible in Newaygo County, Michigan despite being partially destroyed by university archaeologists. Charm stones, gouges, bone harpoons and copper implements were found within this mound along with a child buried with a dog.  Implements and burial types are associated with the earlier pre-woodland Archaic Cultures.  Similar artifacts and burials are associated with the Maritime Archaic. That could easily date them 3,000 B.C. or earlier.  
The Brewerton phase was formulated by William Ritchie in the 1930s dating as early as 3,000 B.C. According to Ritchie the distribution was chiefly N.Y. and southern Ontario. Evidence presented here proves that the Brewerton were further south and west than Ritchie believed. Associated with the Brewerton are winged bannerstones, polished gouges, adzes, celts, slate arrows and spears, plummets, bone awls gouges, mullers and shallow mortars. They also had contact with the “Copper Culture” and many times copper weapons are found within their burials. Cremations in sub-surface burial pits or skeletons placed in a sitting or spoked position was the most common type of burials, sometimes dogs also accompany the dead.
      In a paper called “Prehistoric Man on Martha’s Vineyard,” by James B. Richardson III, he reported a dog in a pit burial that was filled with shells and also included Brewerton points in adjoining shell mounds. This shows that there is an amount of gray area in classifying a site as a Laurentian Shell Mound or a Brewerton bu

Another burial mound at the site that has been partially destroyed by University of Michigan archaeologists.