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Nobles Pond Site
Location North Canton, Ohio
Official name: Nobles Pond, Ohio History Connection
Reference no. 33ST357

Nobles Pond Site is a 25-acre archaeological site near Canton in Stark County, Ohio and is a historical site with The Ohio Historical Society. It is one of the largest Clovis culture site in North America. At the end of the Ice age, about 10,500 to 11,500 years ago, a large number of Paleo-Indians, the first people to live in Ohio, camped at the site. Artifacts on the site, primarily excavated by volunteers, provide insight into how they made and used tools, obtained materials, and how they lived.

It is an important site because it is one of the early Paleo-Indian sites in the Midwest. There is a historical marker at the site by The Ohio Historical Society. since 1992. Nobles Pond is now in a park for a residential area in North Canton, Ohio.

Excavation

An emergency excavation on the site began in 1988 and was estimated to be completed in 1990. Dr. Mark Seeman led an investigation of the site with students and volunteers before a housing development was built on the site. In nine places near Nobles Pond, they found stone tools grouped in clusters and an area that indicated either areas for specific activities or house floors of a structure. Artifacts found at the site were analyzed and curated.

Large congregation sites

Another Paleo-Indian site in northern Ohio, Paleo Crossing Site had evidence of a congregation site for groups of people. The Nobles Pond Site had a larger congregation site for nomadic groups. Other sites with large-scale Paleo-Indian occupation include the Vail Site in Maine, DEDIC/Sugarloaf Site in Massachusetts, and in Ontario—Udora Site, Parkhill Site, and Fisher.

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