Globally Significant Cultural Resources
There is nothing like the earthworks of the Hopewell Culture anywhere else in the world. Nowhere else on Earth are there so many giant geometric public works created by such a loosely structured society that was still primarily a hunter-gatherer culture.
That is why eight of the great earthworks of southern Ohio have been nominated to become World Heritage Sites with UNESCO. All of these sites are officially protected by either the National Park Service or the Ohio Historical Society:
- Newark Earthworks
- Hopewell Mound Group
- Mound City Group
- Hopeton Earthworks
- High Bank Works
- Seip Earthworks
- Fort Ancient
- Great Serpent Mound
But what about the rest of the great earthworks created by the Hopewell Culture? Unfortunately, the remainder of the many ancient earthworks of the region are still desperately in need of protection. Why are earthworks endangered?