Where’s the Line? Twisting Time

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is excited to introduce a new archeological series, “Where’s the Line?”. Join our rangers and archeologists in this series of programs as we investigate all the blurry lines that exist in archaeology that lead to important questions which encourage us to keep learning more about the past.

Join us on Leap Day, February 29th, at 1:00 to investigate how time is defined! When archaeologists examine the past, they create divisions between cultural periods. However, they are making decisions based on incomplete information, many people of the past did not leave us writing, photographs, or calendars!

Timelines twist and turn and overlap! Discover the blurry lines in time by comparing your own timeline to prehistoric timelines. Examine material culture changes and determine where you would draw the line between different styles of projectile points or even cell phones. Find out your own sphere of influence and how it has changed by looking at the material culture in your own life. Be an archaeologist for a day and help us make sense of some material culture left behind by different peoples and cultures!

This program is not just for kids. We encourage curious visitors of all ages to learn with us! Hopewell Culture National Historical Park’s, Mound City Group visitor center is located at 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call (740) 774-1126 or visit www.nps.gov/hocu.

Bird Walk

Wander our nature trail with a volunteer from the Scioto Valley Bird and Nature Club in hopes of finding our feathered friends along the way. This event is part of the National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count in which thousands of people across the US and Canada count and learn about the birds wintering in their communities. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. This fun and educational event is free to the public.

The program will take place on February 15, starting at 9 am at the Mound City Group Visitor Center. Participants will take a short hike on easy and level terrain. However, winter weather conditions may cause snow and ice on the trail. If you have binoculars and bird guides, bring them with you. A limited amount of binoculars will be available for loan and free Ohio bird guides will be given out. Data from the count will be sent to the Audubon Society and will help scientists gain a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of birds. After your walk, take some time to look out your own backyard, and submit your own findings to the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Mound City Group Visitor Center is located at 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. If you have any questions or would like more information please call (740) 774-1126 or visit www.nps.gov/hocu. For more information regarding the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit the event’s website at https://gbbc.birdcount.org/

International Archaeology Day at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Celebrate Ohio Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park!

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10am to 2pm, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park invites you and your family to a day of activities dedicated to learning about the science of archaeology and understanding the Hopewell culture. A new exhibit case will be featured in our museum, with finds from our 2019 field season at Hopeton Earthworks! Our artifacts this year suggest a southern focus to the Hopewell interaction sphere in the features we excavated: worked quartz crystal, cut mica, and southern pottery styles. This new case has these artifacts along with more showy versions of these southern-influenced Hopewell artifacts. Of special interest is a four-legged whole vessel from Mills’ Mound City excavation and a crystal quartz projectile point from Hopewell Mound Group donated by the Biszantz family in 1964. This is the first time new material has been featured in the museum in over twenty years, and the first artifacts featured from other units of our park than Mound City!

Join us in the garden to learn about the numerous plants utilized by the Hopewell culture 2,000 years ago and our experiences growing them at the visitor center. Natural resource volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through our garden and the many plants that helped this culture thrive.

Throughout the day, everyone can enjoy atlatl demonstrations, artifact displays and hands-on Junior archeology activities. We will have two opportunities for kids to participate in a Junior Archeology excavation for kids ages 5-12. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call the park to reserve your child’s spot for the excavation at 740-774-1126.

Admission is always free!

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park’s, Mound City Group visitor center is located at 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. If you have any questions or would like more information please call (740) 774-1126 or visit www.nps.gov/hocu.