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Tremper Mound by William C. Mills

Exploration of the Tremper Mound
William C. Mills - 1916

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint
The Tremper Mound is located 5 miles north of the city of Portsmouth, Ohio and was excavated in 1915 under the direction of William C. Mills.  Henry  C. Shetrone (Mills' assistant at the time) also participated in this excavation and was responsible for the restoration of many of the wonderful effigy and platform pipes that were found there.
 
Among the many finds during the excavation were two caches.  Cache #1 consisted of over 500 objects including: 136 tobacco pipes (effigy and platform), ear spools, woven fabrics, crystals of galenite and mica, bone ornaments (some human) and objects of flint, copper, wood and pipestone. 
 
This book describes some of the most interesting finds of this excavation and was published as part three of the four part series of  "Certain Mounds and Village Sites in Ohio" in 1916.  This 7-3/4" x 10-1/2",  140 page soft cover book is profusely illustrated with many photographs and diagrams and two full color plates of red pipestone platform pipes.

About the author: William C. Mills (1860-1928) started his career as a pharmacist in various towns in Kansas and Ohio starting in 1885.  With an interest in archaeology,  he also served as a secretary of an archaeo0logical society in Newcomerstown, Ohio from 1898-1900 and then received his  Masters Degree from Ohio State University in 1902. He became Curator of the Museum of the Ohio State Archaeological Society, Columbus Ohio,  in 1898 and served as director of that museum from 1922 until his death in 1928.

As William C. Mills said of the Tremper Mound People: 

"The life story of this people, as told in the Tremper mound, certainly is one of the highly interesting chapters in the history of primitive civilization. No primitive people has shown such skill and perseverance in wresting from nature the raw materials needed for their purposes, nor such versatility in fashioning these materials into finished products. The most striking phase of this perhaps, is the manner in which with only the simplest of tools, the stone for their making was quarried from the hills and the realistic portrayals of bird and animal life, sculptured in full relief and finished in minutest detail, were effected. In the record preserved in the mound we find a vivid picture of the strength and persistence of the forces underlying human development, and urging it against all odds, toward a higher plane of development."

This 7-3/4" x 10-1/2",  140 page soft cover book is profusely illustrated with many photographs and diagrams and two full color plates of red pipestone platform pipes.  $14.95 

   

Tremper Mound By William C. Mills Tremper Mound Bob White Pipe Tremper Mound Pipe 2
Color plate #1 - Red Pipestone Bob-White effigy pipe Color plate #2 - Red Pipestone
Tremper Mound Copper Reel   Tremper Mound Boatstone
Copper reel   Effigy boatstone
Tremper Mound Copper Cones Tremper Mound Ear Spool Tremper Mound Paint Pot
Hyaline quartz cones Pipestone ear spools

Sandstone paint pot - still containing paint!

Sample Plates - click on image to enlarge