Experience the “The Great Works of the Ancient Hopewell Culture” with the Arc of Appalachia Reserve System on Saturday, July 30th, 2011.
The Arc is sponsoring two back-to-back events at the Fort Hill and Serpent Mound sites: Morning Trip: Fort Hill Earthworks Tour — Ridgetop Enclosure and Rarely-Seen Circular earthworks Presented by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park Meet at 8:45 am, Trek begins at 9:00 am sharp and will last approximately 4 hours. Meet at the main Fort Hill Parking Lot. Park Ranger Bruce Lombardo from Hopewell Culture National Historical park will lead a tour through the mature forests of Fort Hill to ancient Native American earthworks. Destinations include viewing the ceremonial ridgetop walled-enclosure built by Native Americans 2000 years ago and the seldom-seen, completely intact circular earthworks located at the south end of the park. The tour will cover 4 miles of trail at an often steady pace, including some ascents and descents on often uneven trails. Hikers should be in good condition. To make the Serpent Mound program in the afternoon, you may need to break away from the guided hike a bit earlier than the rest of the folks and hike back to the parking lot on your own. Pack water and snacks. The hike goes on rain or shine. Be sure to see Fort Hill’s Museum while you are there – it’s open on weekends from 10 – 5. No registration or fee necessary. However, please RSVP with the number in your party to [email protected]. Rain or shine!
Afternoon Program at Serpent Mound: The Great Hopewell Road: Ohio’s Ancient Superhighway Special presentation by Brad Lepper of the Ohio Historical Society 1:00pm at Serpent Mound’s Picnic Shelter Archaeological research has uncovered evidence of long parallel earthen walls constructed around 2,000 years ago in southern Ohio. The walls appear to have origniated at the monumental NewarkEarthworks and ran southwest in a remarkably straight line. The road’s destination is a mystery and up to wonderful speculation. Perhaps it served as a route of pilgrimage — connecting the two grandest centers of the Hopewell world: the Newark Earthworks and the many Hopewell mounds and enclosures near Chillicothe that lay more than sixty miles away. Explore the evidence with OHS Curator of Archaeology Brad Lepper. The program is free, other than the usual $7/car parking fee at Serpent Mound. Please RSVP with the number in your party to [email protected]. Rain or shine! Both programs are free of charge – other than a $7/car parking fee at Serpent Mound.