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Mounds at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park contains nationally significant archeological resources including large earthwork and mound complexes that provide an insight into the social, ceremonial, political and economic life of the Hopewell people. From about 200 BC to AD 500, the Ohio River Valley was a focal point of the prehistoric Hopewell culture. The term Hopewell describes a broad network of beliefs and practices among different American Indian groups over a large portion of eastern North America. The culture is characterized by the construction of enclosures made of earthen walls, often built in geometric patterns, and mounds of various shapes.

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Mounds at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
NPS Photo

Visible remnants of Hopewell culture are concentrated in the Scioto River Valley near present-day Chillicothe, Ohio. The most striking Hopewell sites contain earthworks in the form of squares, circles and other geometric shapes. Many of these sites were built to a monumental scale, with earthen walls up to 12 feet high outlining geometric figures more than 1,000 feet across. Conical and loaf-shaped earthen mounds up to 30 feet high are often found in association with the geometric earthworks.

For further information, visit the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park website.

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