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Sunwatch Site

Dayton, Ohio
County of Montgomery.
2301 West River Road
National Register Number: 75001500
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Domestic - village site (pueblo group). The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: OH-3 Certified Local Government: NO
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Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 21, 1990):
Sunwatch, formerly known as the Incinerator Site, is located on the west bank of the Great Miami River within the city limits of Dayton. Ceramics, radio-carbon dates, and other evidence indicate that this open village site is a discrete Fort Ancient period Anderson phase village probably occupied for not more than 25 years during the late 12th and early 13th Centuries A.D. The site is one of the best preserved and most completely excavated and analyzed archeological village sites associated with the Post Archaic Eastern Farmers.

The site is well interpreted. The owners have received a grant for prairie restoration, which they have begun to implement. Proposed expansion of the visitor center will enhance existing public education efforts.

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