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Issue 34 Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Sept. 14, 2006

This week we are speaking with Dean Alexander from Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Ohio. The 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, a number of different Native American groups which inhabited a large portion of eastern North America. 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 1000 feet across. Conical and loaf-shaped earthen mounds up to 30 feet high are often found in association with the geometric earthworks.

This week's interview: Hopewell Culture National Historical Park



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