Prehistory in Ohio refers to that period of time (see Ohio's Prehistoric Timeline) when people were living here, but did not record the events in their lives in documents that have been preserved to the present day. It is "history without the words." The prehistoric period in Ohio began at least 15,000 years ago when humans entered the region near the end of the last Ice Age. The period ended around 350 years ago when French explorers in Canada began to record information about the lands along the south shore of Lake Erie.
Archaeologists help us learn about these prehistoric groups by studying the objects they made and used (artifacts) and the remnants of their camp sites and villages (sites). Archaeology can show how the ways of life of Ohio's ancient people changed over time as they adapted to their surroundings. The oral traditions of modern American Indian tribes also may provide valuable insights into certain aspects of prehistoric cultures.
Based on studies of artifacts and radiocarbon dates for various sites, archaeologists have identified four broad prehistoric time periods and several different cultures, as indicated in the following timeline:
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