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Near Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Flourishing Culture

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
A Flourishing Culture Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
1. A Flourishing Culture Marker
Inscription.  
On Mordecai Hopewell's Ohio farm archeologists excavated Indian mounds in 1891 and found copper ornaments, stone tools, effigy pipes, obsidian spear points, ornamented bear teeth, shark teeth, intricately carved bones, mica cutouts, and much more. From this astounding find, archeologists later defined an American Indian culture they named the Hopewell that lived 2,200 to 1,500 years ago.

The Hopewell were not the first American Indians to build mounds and earthworks, nor were they the only Indian culture of their region and era. But the Hopewell were a culture living in a cultural explosion. They represent a rich blossoming of art, architecture, and ritual, coinciding with a geographic expansion of cultural influence and exchange. This was unprecedented in North America until their time.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyCemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans.
 
Location. 39° 22.553′ 

A Flourishing Culture Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
2. A Flourishing Culture Marker
View of historical marker in the foreground with a view of Mound City in the background.
N, 83° 0.394′ W. Marker is near Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 104 1.7 miles north of U.S. 35. This historical marker is located in the, "Hopewell Culture, National Historical Park." It is one of several historical markers used by the National Park Service to help explain the significance of this historical site, as well as the Hopewell culture. Upon ones arrival at the park, it is recommended that you go to the park visitor center and obtain a free site map showing all of the park's mound sites. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ancient Monuments (here, next to this marker); Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (here, next to this marker); Casualties of War (here, next to this marker); A Sacred Purpose (within shouting distance of this marker); Cultural Transitions (within shouting distance of this marker); Mound 7 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mica Splendor (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. This web link was both published and made available by, "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on July 22, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Mound City image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 9, 2009
3. Mound City
A view of some of the mounds that make up the Mound City Group.
 

2. Mound City Group. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History (Submitted on July 22, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Mound City Group. This web link is provided by the National Park Service. (Submitted on July 22, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Seip Earthworks Unit sign image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, March 10, 2019
4. Seip Earthworks Unit sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,366 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on January 28, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on January 28, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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