Digging into Clark County Native American village


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SPRINGFIELD – On Nov. 18 at 2 p.m., Dr. Lance Greene, professor of archaeology at Wright State University, will present the findings of recent excavations of the Peckuwe Battlefield in Clark County.

In the 1700s, Peckuwe (or “Piqua”) was a large Shawnee town situated where George Rogers Clark Historical Park is today. In 1780, after joining the British in lethal raids on Kentucky settlements, Peckuwe was attacked in retaliation by a joint force of American army and Kentucky militia led by Col. George Rogers Clark. The village site was eventually abandoned and became farmland.

For the past three years, Wright State University has carried out a summer archaeological field school, looking for remains of the battle and the village. Recent excavations uncovered evidence of the battle as well as later use of the site by white settlers during the early 1800s.

The presentation, which is sponsored by the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association, will be in the main building (the “castle”) of the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield. Signs will direct the public to the auditorium. Parking is free and plentiful.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. More information about this presentation and Peckuwe can be found on the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association’s Facebook page.

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Submitted by the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association.

Submitted by the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association.