Southern Ohio

A Southern Ohio Phenomenon…

Evidence of the Hopewell Culture stretches from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Never the less, there are far more of their giant geometric complexes in Ohio than anywhere else.

US Map of major sites

Specifically, they appear to have been built mostly in Southern Ohio, as well as across the borders into northern Kentucky and eastern Indiana. This region is known as “The Hopewell Heartland” and is the primary focus of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy’s efforts.

Ohio Map of Major Sites

Even more amazing is the awesome concentration of the major earthworks complexes in one county of Ohio, Ross County. That is why Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is located here, on the outskirts of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Ross Co Map of Major Sites

Beginning about 2,000 years ago, Ross County, Ohio, was clearly one of the most important ceremonial centers in what is now the U.S.A. for hundreds of years. Was the Chillicothe area the site of a powerful religious phenomenon 2,000 years ago? Is there something about the way the rivers leave the plains and flow into the Appalachian foothills here? What is it about Ross County Ohio that inspired these people to create one of most glorious sets of monuments in North America?

It is clear that the ancient monuments of this extraordinary culture are a nationally significant part of American history. Hence, many of them are protected by the National Park Service as part of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. However, the great earthworks of the Hopewell Culture may even be considered globally significant.

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