Weather: High 54/Low 36, Cloudy and cold
NPS Stop 8-Hopewell Cultural National Historic Park: https://www.nps.gov/hocu/index.htm
The Visitors Center was not officially open but we were able to talk to a Ranger. We grabbed brochures, stamps and trail maps and began our discovery of the Hopewell Culture. The ancient American Indian mounds were originally discovered on the Hopewell farm, where the first mound was discovered, hence the choice of the name. Archeologists have dug up all sorts of things left from these peoples in what appears to be burial mounds. Some of the buried items came from far away and must have been traded with other groups. The artwork and sculptures tell us something about the life in this time. What is really interesting is that there are several areas of ancient mounds and the size and shape of them is very similar. Where these people nomads? If not, why are there so many groups of mounds built in a like configuration? We thought this area looked a bit familiar and looking back at our stamps, we did visit this site in 2019.
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