Short Woods Park Mound

Short Woods Park Mound

Southwestern side of the mound
Location Northern side of Sayler Park[1]
Nearest city Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°7′16.8″N 84°41′42″W / 39.121333°N 84.69500°W / 39.121333; -84.69500Coordinates: 39°7′16.8″N 84°41′42″W / 39.121333°N 84.69500°W / 39.121333; -84.69500
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
NRHP Reference # 74001521[2]
Added to NRHP October 1, 1974

The Short Woods Park Mound is a Native American mound in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located in the Sayler Park neighborhood of the city of Cincinnati,[2] it is believed to have been built by people of the Adena culture. Measuring 38 feet (12 m) high, the mound is an ellipse, approximately 175 feet (53 m) long and 140 feet (43 m) wide.[3]:667

The mound has been excavated by the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science;[3]:667 among the many artifacts recovered were various grave goods and thirty-nine skeletons that were buried in log tombs. According to radiocarbon dating, the individuals buried in the mound lived approximately 2,000 years BP.[3]:668

Although many Native American mounds were once located above the Ohio River in the vicinity of Sayler Park, most have been destroyed by development.[3]:667 Another mound, known as the Story Mound, lies along Gracely Drive in Sayler Park;[4] other than the Story and Short Woods Park Mounds, virtually no mounds remain in the vicinity.[3]:667 Because of its proven value as an archaeological site, the Short Woods Park Mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974; the Story Mound was accorded a similar status the following year.[2]


  1. Location derived from Mills, William C. Archeological Atlas of Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society, 1914, 1914, page 31 and plate 31. The NRIS lists the site as "Address Restricted".
  2. 1 2 3 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999.
  4. 44 FR 7558
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