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

    Hopewell Culture

    National Historical Park Ohio

Other Life Forms

Fungi on tree at Mound City Group.
Fungi can be found throughout park land, but especially in areas left undisturbed. When decomposition is left to run its course, the cycle of nature works best as fallen or dying plants return the nutrients used to the soil, for new plants to thrive on.

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...