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Visitors Peer Into Past At Archeological Open House

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

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From Saturday, June 2nd, through Monday, June 4th, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park hosted an “open house” at Hopewell Mound Group Chillicothe, Ohio. 

During the open house, over 100 visitors were able to watch ongoing archeology and learn from researchers. Dr. Paul Pacheco of State University of New York/Geneseo, and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer of Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, were working at Hopewell Mound Group with anthropology students from both universities. 

Tucked away on the north side of the earthwork, the location of this excavation was determined based on studies from a 1994 project led by Dr. Bill Dancey from the Ohio State University.  The high density of Hopewell artifacts is what led Pacheco and Wymer to their project area this year. This excavation is located off the interpretive trail, not inside the earthwork.

The researchers have found projectile points, pieces of pottery and more than 200 bladelettes. Pacheco said they also have found obsidian native only to Wyoming or Idaho.  Structural finds include earth ovens where piled rock is cracked and flecks of burnt orange charcoal are present.

Sandy Bender, an anthropology student participating in the dig, said they also have found spots where its posts likely once stood to support a dwelling or other structure. 

Based on the types of artifacts discovered since the project began on May 18th, the site appears to be a domestic area that would have been in use while ceremonial events were taking place inside the earthwork at Hopewell Mound Group. 


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