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  • 80-18 #2- ...from this spot..."No Trespassing" 80-18 #2- ...from this spot..."No Trespassing"
  • 80-18 #3- The Cuyahoga 80-18 #3- The Cuyahoga
  • 80-18 #4- On the Towpath- Canal Visitor Center, CVNP 80-18 #4- On the Towpath- Canal Visitor Center, CVNP
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  • 80-18 80-18 South Park Village and  the Whittlesey Tradition 80-18 80-18 South Park Village and the Whittlesey Tradition
Title, side A
South Park Village and The Whittlesey Tradition
Text, side A
Directly across the Cuyahoga River from this spot is the South Park Village. Here, archeologists uncovered the remains of a four-acre, Native American settlement populated by people of the Whittlesey Tradition. The people of South Park lived in communal structures and grew maize, beans, and squash in the floodplain fields that surround you. Food remains found in the village excavations reveal that they hunted deer, elk, black bear, and other game and gathered clams and fish from the Cuyahoga River. South Park was abandoned and reoccupied several times between A.D. 1000 and 1600. Numerous seasonal campsites have been found on the floodplains and terraces on both sides of the river. The first localized cultural development unique to this area, Whittlesey sites have been identified upriver from here in Summit County and in the Chagrin and Grand River valleys to the east.
Location
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Towpath Trail at Canal & Gleeson Roads
Coordinates
Latitude: 41.385888, Longitude: -81.620135.
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