Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Mound City Group
The World's Most Spectacular Concentration of Ancient Earthworks
No where else on earth are there so many of these unique ceremonial complexes so close together. Many scientists suspect that Ross County, Ohio, may have been the most important cultural center in eastern North America 2,000 years ago.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park preserves six of the magnificent ancient monuments in the Chillicothe area. Start your exploration of this fascinating Native American culture here at Mound City Group.
The Ancient Earthworks Of Ross County, Ohio The six sites managed by the National Park Service are circled in green and enlarged. Spruce Hill is co-managed with the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, which owns the site.
Native American Indians of the Hopewell culture designed and built enormous geometric earthworks to serve as their ceremonial gathering sites. These ancient monuments are the awe-inspiring achievements of an extraordinary people who were advanced in mathematics, engineering, architecture, art and astronomy The Hopewell culture
What is there to do here?
Marvel at the prehistoric artifacts excavated from Mound City in the museum - 2,000 year old American art, a national treasure! Just enter the visitor center.
Explore the prehistoric past by interacting with the touch screen in the museum. See computer generated images of lost earthworks. Dig as deep as you like to learn more about the mysterious Hopewell Culture.
Walk through Mound City, this 2,000 year old sacred ceremonial and burial grounds of prehistoric American Indians. Ask the park angers for a trail map.
Become a Junior Ranger! Earn a badge like a national park ranger's by learning about Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Ask the park ranger for an official Junior Ranger booklet to begin.
Watch 'Legacy of the Mound Builders', the 17 minute introductory video in the auditorium.
Journey to the other fascinating prehistoric carthwork sites of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Ask the park rangers for directions and trail maps for Hopewell Mound Group and Seip Earthworks.
...and it's all free of charge!
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior National
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 39° 22.553′ N, 83° 0.395′ W. Marker is in Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker is on Ohio Route 104 0.2 miles north of Moundsville Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16062 OH-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); A Flourishing Culture (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); Effigy Pipes (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. 3. submitted on March 7, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on February 14, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.