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Leo Petroglyph
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Nearest city: Coalton, Ohio
Governing body: State
Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970
NRHP Reference#: 70000501

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The Leo Petroglyph is sandstone petroglyph containing 37 images of humans and animals as well as footprints of each. The petroglyph is located near the small village of Leo, Ohio (in Jackson County, Ohio) and is thought to have been created by the Fort Ancient Indians (possibly AD 1000-1650). The area in which the sandstone petroglyph was found is on the edge of an unglaciated Mississippian sandstone cliff 20-65 feet high. To this day, the meanings of the drawings are unknown.

On November 10, 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The site is maintained by the Ohio Historical Society.

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  

The Leo Petroglyphs resemble a style of Pictography and may have similar meanings as images used by the Ojibwa people of the great lakes region. The Ojibwa used Pictographs to record many things. Such ideographs when used in messages conveyed Names of people and tribes. They were also records of events and places. They conveyed time, numbers as well as direction and distance. Some pictographs drawn on Birch bark Scrolls depicted the outlines of rivers, lakes, trails and landforms; these Native American Maps were designed as mnemonic travel aids. A Geocontourglyph is a Petroglyph that represents a landform.

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