• A plush carpet of green grass covering the Mound City Group in summer

    Hopewell Culture

    National Historical Park Ohio

Research

MWAC field work

Excavation work near Hopewell Mound Group

NPS photo

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.

If you're interested in reading articles published in a feature newsletter by MWAC, click here to be taken to the Hopewell Archeology Newsletter. All newsletters are PDF files.

 
MCG MWAC Dig
Recent archeology dig at Mound City Group to the south of Central Mound, mound #17.

Did You Know?

Pink heelsplitter mussel

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...