Perin Village Site

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Perin Village Site
Golfing at the Perin Village Site.jpg
Overview of the Perin Site, now a golf course
Perin Village Site is located in Ohio
Perin Village Site
Perin Village Site is located in the United States
Perin Village Site
Location0.3 miles northwest of the Odd Fellows' Cemetery[2]:646
Nearest cityNewtown, Ohio
Coordinates39°7′49″N 84°21′36″W / 39.13028°N 84.36000°W / 39.13028; -84.36000Coordinates: 39°7′49″N 84°21′36″W / 39.13028°N 84.36000°W / 39.13028; -84.36000
Area80 acres (32 ha)
NRHP reference No.77001067[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 25, 1977

The Perin Village Site is an archaeological site in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located in Newtown in Hamilton County,[1] it is believed to have been inhabited by peoples of the Hopewell tradition.[2]:647

Perin Village is part of a prehistoric complex of earthworks in the Newtown vicinity; other sites in the complex include the Odd Fellows' Cemetery Mound, approximately 0.3 miles (0.48 km) to the southeast,[2]:646 and the large Turner Earthworks.[3] A mound was once located at the site; when it was destroyed for the purpose of improving a roadway in the late 1870s, it yielded many bones and pieces of charcoal.[4] Two portions of the village site are especially rich in artifacts;[2]:647 however, the site, 80 acres (32 ha) in total,[1] has a less dense concentration of surface artifacts than many other sites in the region due to its location near the Little Miami River — many floods during the site's history have covered earlier artifacts with layers of silt. It is believed that a detailed excavation of Perin Village would yield evidence of houses, hearths, middens, and burial sites. A small number of "Hopewell-like" artifacts were once removed from the site by local resident Frederick Starr; his collection is now housed at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science.[2]:647

The archaeological value of the Perin Village Site led to its placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, four years after a similar status was accorded to the Odd Fellows' Cemetery Mound.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999.
  3. ^ Little Miami National Scenic River Preliminary Section 7(a) Determination for Section 14 Study Erosion Protection for Anderson Township Park, Little Miami River, Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, National Park Service, 2004-10-08, 20. Accessed 2010-04-12.
  4. ^ Ford, Henry A., et al. History of Hamilton County Ohio. Cleveland: Williams, 1881, 244.