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Encountering Hopewell in the Twenty-first Century, Ohio and Beyond

Volume 1: Monuments and Ceremony

Bret Ruby Brian Redmond Jarrod Burks

294 pages
University of Akron Press

The archaeology of the ancient American Indian Hopewell earthwork-builders of the Ohio Valley has intrigued scientists and the public alike for more than two hundred years. Since the dawn of the twenty-first century, professional inquiry into the Hopewell phenomenon has accelerated. Contemporary researchers are approaching old questions with new methods and interpretive perspectives, state-of-the-art survey technologies, and novel analytical techniques. As a result, our understanding of the Hopewell world has significantly deepened. This two-volume set presents some of the most current research on Hopewell archaeology within the Ohio Valley and beyond.

Among the topics covered in Volume One are refined uses of geophysics, LiDAR, and aerial (drone) photography data to better interpret ritual landscapes at famous centers such as Hopewell Mound Group, Fort Ancient, and Seip. The recent excavations at the enigmatic Moorehead Circle within the Fort Ancient Earthworks provides surprising new insights about Hopewell monumental construction. Another study explores the use of unusual copper ornaments found in a unique ritual deposit at the Seip Earthworks. Elements of the Hopewell worldview are explored through archaeoastronomy and careful study of mortuary contexts.

Author Bio
Bret J. Ruby holds a PhD from Indiana University and is a National Park Service archaeologist at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. He has a keen interest in the ancient and modern histories of American Indian peoples. His primary research interests focus on Hopewellian ritual landscapes, community organization, earthwork construction, and interregional interaction.Brian G. Redmond is Curator and James Otis Hower Chair of Archaeology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He received a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University and conducted field research at numerous Precontact Native American sites in the lower Ohio Valley and Lake Erie region. His major research interests include pottery analysis, Paleoindian bone modification, the development of settled village life and community organization, and Woodland ceremonialism in the lower Great Lakes region. Dr. Jarrod Burks is the Director of Archaeological Geophysics at Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., a cultural resource management firm in Columbus, Ohio. He also is president of Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, an organization working to study and save Ohio earthworks. In addition to his earthwork research, Jarrod codirects a long-term Hopewell settlement research project with Drs. Paul Pacheco (SUNY Geneseo) and DeeAnne Wymer (Bloomsburg University) that has intensively investigated several Ohio Hopewell settlements.