3. 1992 Legislation
On May 27, 1992, Public Law
102-294 mandated significant changes for Mound
City Group National Monument and Hopewell archeology.
In addition to changing the name of Mound City
Group National Monument to Hopewell Culture
National Historical Park, it expands the boundary
of the park to include:
Final land acquisition boundaries for each of these
sites were not established through this act, but
are to be established on the basis of archeological
research (Section 4. Studies [a]). The legislation
also directs the Service to conduct archeological
studies at Spruce Hill Works, Harness Group, and
the Cedar Bank Works and other areas significant
to the Hopewell culture "to evaluate the desirability
of adding them to the park, and shall report to
Congress on any such areas that are recommended
for addition to the park" (Section 4, Studies,
- additions to Hopeton Earthworks,
- High Banks Works,
- Hopewell Mound Group,
- Seip Earthworks.
Like many federal laws, this legislation authorized the acquisition
of these important sites without authorizing full funding for their purchase.
With the authorized funding, the National Park Service has acquired additional
lands around the Hopeton Earthworks. In 1995, the land acquisition process
will be directed toward the Hopewell Mound Group.