Research is a vital part of the park. Park Service staff and outside researchers conduct research on the park's cultural resources. Recent research over the past few summers include copper artifact conservation and archeological fieldwork. Another recent project examined an archeological site located to the north of the Mound City Group to determine what type of site it is and when it dates to.
The NPS Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) often travels to the Hopewell Culture park sites to perform work such as excavations, geophysical surveys and topographical analysis. To learn more about the past research performed at Hopewell Culture NHP by MWAC, click here.
Did You Know?
Obsidian has been found at a few Hopewell earthwork sites. The majority of obsidian, several hundred pounds, was found in one mound at Hopewell Mound Group. Much of the obsidian is from Obsidian Cliff in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming - over 1,500 miles away. More...