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2003: Hopeton Earthworks investigations at Hopewell Culture

The Midwest Archeological Center continues its investigations of earthwork construction, function and timing at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park this summer with the help of University of Nebraska-Lincoln field school students and graduate interns. Efforts this season include topographic mapping, recording information evident in trenches cut across earthwork walls, and testing of anomalies identified during magnetic survey. For details and results of investigations at Hopewell Culture through the 2002 field season, see The Hopeton Earthworks and Hopewell Culture.

The images below highlight UN-L students and NPS staff during the first two weeks of this field season (June 9-20). Check back soon for more photos.

Working undercover. In the trenches. Recording strata visible in trench wall. Collecting samples from trench floor.
Working the floor. A bucketload. Screening mud. Excavating a test unit.
Cleaning up the unit. Screening sediment. Happily employed. Excavation units underway.
Overview of work area. image image Is that a posthole?
Collecting a sample. Nice straight wall. Working on a feature. Research team discusses the excavation.
Muddy post holes. Excavating a structure. Sampling the local game.  

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