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Are the so called “Ancient Works” in West Virginia accessible by hiking trail?

Asked by Brian_Ghilliotti (313points) June 9th, 2018 from iPhone

Please see the link below:

http://www.wvexp.com/index.php/Ancient_Works

The fact that the state of West Virginia has put up a historical marker for this site indicates that it feels it is worth protecting, especially against mining interests. I was wondering if these stonewalls or accessible by hiking trail, especially the Armstrong Mountain site? Thanks. Brian Ghilliotti

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zenvelo's avatar

Sure looks like there are trails in a satellite picture.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

This is from “Waymarking”: with co-ordinates http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2M57_Ancient_Works

The following excerpt is from www.midlandtrail.com/MidlandTrail/media/Midland-Media/Documents/5h-montgomery-gauley-bridge-1.pdf which is in .PDF
Centuries before, the area thrived with a prehistoric culture that built the Mt. Carbon Ancient Works, a stone wall enclosing an area about a mile in width. Scientific dating places this archaeological feature at around the 15th Century. Strip mining ultimately removed all traces of the Works. Apparently the only thing left is the markers. The strip miners got a long time ago.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Remember that just one state to the west, Ohio, there are various indian mounds see link – I have been to some of them and they are really fascinating.

It is quite possible that the WV mounds and the Ohio mounds are from different but related civilizations.

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