Revisiting the Towpath: Archaeological Investigation of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath in Summit County, Ohio 


David F. Klinge, MA, RPA

ASC Group, Inc.

ABSTRACT

ASC Group, Inc. has recently completed a relatively small data recovery project to mitigate adverse effects to the Ohio and Erie Canal as it passes through the Cities of Barberton and Akron in Summit County. Excavation focused on the canal towpath and confirmed historic accounts of its construction, reinforcing the assertion of previous archaeologists that no two profiles along the towpath are likely to be the same. It was possible to connect the highly variable towpath stratigraphy with significant episodes of construction, repair, and reuse. This approach can add to our understanding of this important, but historically unappreciated element of the Ohio and Erie Canal.

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