Bone Stone Graves

Bone Stone Graves
Looking toward the site from the north
Bone Stone Graves
Location Northwestern quarter of the southwestern quarter of Section 9 of Wayne Township, northwest of Oregonia[2]
Nearest city Oregonia, Ohio
Coordinates

39°28′53″N 84°7′19″W / 39.48139°N 84.12194°W / 39.48139; -84.12194Coordinates: 39°28′53″N 84°7′19″W / 39.48139°N 84.12194°W / 39.48139; -84.12194

Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74001644[1]
Added to NRHP July 15, 1974

The Bone Stone Graves are a prehistoric cemetery in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located northwest of the unincorporated community of Oregonia in northwestern Washington Township, Warren County,[3] the cemetery is composed of an uncertain number of graves of individuals from the Fort Ancient culture of Native Americans.[4]:1373

Graves at the site are composed of bodies contained within limestone stone box graves. A cemetery of this type from the Fort Ancient period is very uncommon, making the Stone Graves a valuable archaeological site.[4]:1373 Increasing the significance of the area is a complex of other nearby Fort Ancient sites, including the Bone Mound II that is only 500 feet (150 m) away. Because most Fort Ancient sites include only a single type of burials, rather than both a mound and a cemetery, it is believed that the vicinity of the Stone Graves may have been inhabited by people of two different foci.[4]:1372 In the future, more information may be gained from the cemetery, for the site has never been subject to an archaeological excavation.[4]:1373

On July 15, 1974, the Bone Stone Graves were listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of their archaeological value. The Bone Mound II was listed on the Register on the same day.[1]

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