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?
Freshwater mussels were an important resource for Hopewellian people. They were used as food, provided pearls for ornaments and shells were utilized for hoes. Although plentiful during the Middle Woodland period, over-harvesting and low water quality have reduced their numbers drastically today. Many freshwater mussels are on the State and Federal Endangered Species list. More...