Thursday, February 4, 2016

Large Iroquois Skeletal Remains Found in Mound at Circular Fort in DeKalb County, Indiana

Large Iroquois Skeletal Remains Found in Mound at Circular Fort in DeKalb County, Indiana


Iroquois circular fortification is still visible in a patch of woods at the headwaters of Cedar Creek.  The burial mound nearby was leveled by farming.



Smithsonian Annual Report, 1874
Dekalb County, Indiana
We next went to the farm of Henry Gonzer in Fairfield Township, there a mound was overlooked a small lake, which is gradually filling in from the wash of the surrounding hills. The mound is now nearly obliterated by cultivation. We were informed by Mr. Gonzer that it was opened about twenty years ago, when the skeleton was found the thigh bone of which was as long as his leg, and the skull as large as a half bushel measure. We dug a little below the surface, and found a few bones, among which was a broken thigh bone of ordinary size.