OHIO “THE HEART OF IT ALL” FOR OVER 15,000 YEARS


OHIO  “THE HEART OF IT ALL” FOR OVER 15,000 YEARS

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Ohio Archaeology features my article, “Ohio — ‘the heart of it all’ for over 15,000 years.” It is an overview of Ohio prehistory focusing on the most current interpretations of what David Hurst Thomas has called “some of America’s most spectacular archaeology.” “Located between the Great Lakes and the Ohio River valley with a cornucopia of natural resources, including abundant high quality flint, is it any wonder that Ohio was a Paleoindian Garden of Eden, one of the worlds few hearths of plant domestication, and a setting for one of the most spectacular cultural florescences in this (or any other) hemisphere?” I also call for professional archaeologists to devote more energy to public education about our ancient American Indian heritage: “In this period of deficit reduction and budget slashing, it is even more important that we convey to the public the value of the past, else they may decide it does not warrant their support . That value is not just abstract and esoteric. With Ohio’s incredible archaeological resources, heritage tourism could be an economic engine for the state.”

Published by the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Journal of Ohio Archaeology is a fully electronic, refereed journal that publishes original papers on the archaeology of Ohio and the surrounding region. You can read the entire text of my paper at the following link: http://ohioarchaeology.org/volume-1-number-1-2011/ohio-qthe-heart-of-it-allq-for-over-15000-years.html

Brad Lepper

Posted October 19, 2011
Topics: Archaeology

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