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Prehistory: First Inhabitants
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Ohio Early History
First Early Inhabitants of Ohio
Early history examines the archaeological record that tells the story of the first inhabitants of Ohio. Learn about the prehistory and culture of the first early inhabitants, and what lessons it might teach us about the early history of Ohio.
Ohio First Early Inhabitants Timeline
Early History of Native Americans in Ohio
The Indigenous People of Ohio
The hunting and gathering peoples who originally discovered the Americas were called Paleo-Indians. They lived in Ohio in the last centuries of the Ice Age. They hunted now-extinct species of big game animals such as mammoth and mastodon. They also hunted deer and small game, fished, and gathered nuts and fruit when available. The earliest Paleo-Indian culture discovered in Ohio is the Clovis culture which occupied the area from around 9500 - 8000 BC. They are known as the Clovis culture because of the distinctive shape of their spear points. The culture probably was centered in present-day New Mexico and migrated eastward. In Ohio, they found important sources of flint for their weapons and tools.
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