Ohio became a state in 1803, but there’s a whole prehistoric history that precedes the Buckeye State. As the Ice Age melted away, “Paleo Indians” spread across the country, ancestors to most Native Americans today. The Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient cultures and other tribes dominated the southern and central Ohio area, but at different times in history. However, if you want a crash course in Ohio history, there’s a one-day tour of the state’s prehistoric past that’s sure to stoke your curiosity and pique your interest.
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Story excerpt provided by Only In Your State.
Written by Sarah McCosham.
Originally published February 22, 2023.