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DARR DISTRICT.-Among the interesting facts recently gleaned at Ann Arbor were the archaeological sites in Mason county. These may interest township writers. A map of Mason county in the museum locates an Indian mound in section 22, Custer township, in the extreme southwest corner. Also a mound and camp site in that section in the extreme southeast corner at the conjunction of two streams, branches of Pere Marquette river. In Logan township, section seven, northwest quarter, two mounds and pits and camp sites in section 34, southeast quarter. Much material has been unsystematically collected on camp sites on sections five and eight in Hamlin township.

There is an Indian site in sand blow at Buttersville in Pere Marquette township. Pottery was found there, information on this point was furnished to the museum by F.B. Olney of Ludington.

In Custer township, south of the village on section 24, 100 rods from the bridge crossing the south branch of the Pere Marquette river, is another mound according to Charles Andrus of Walkerville. Also in the same township, section 35, there is a burial ground north of Donnelly lake, eight miles south of Ludington. Melard Warren supplied this information in 1924 to Frank Vreeland. Mr. Warren also gave information that there is a mound 40 feet in diameter six feet high on Jean Fox' land on section nine, Eden township, southwest quarter and southeast quarter.

In Eden township, section two, is a camp site on the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter on the northwest shore of Barton lake. In 1924 Frank Vreeland there found projectile points charcoal, flint flakes, potsherds and cracked stones on a five-acre area. In Riverton township, according to information by C.E. Kistler, Ludington, on section 20, is an earthwork enclosure, with six-foot wall of earth and ditch all around it.

In Summit according to Frank Vreeland's information to the museum every terrace level and sand hill has sometime been occupied by camp sites, villages or for burials. All this information was discovered in 1924 by Mr. Vreeland working in the interest of the Division of the Great Lakes of the University Museum under the direction of Dr. W.B. Hinsdale, curator in charge.


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