April 22, 2012

Hopewell Culture National Historic Park: Mound City

Mound City contains the highest concentration of burial mounds in Ohio (23 mounds). The Hopewell site is one of three sites open to the public in the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park (the other two are Seip Mound and the Hopewell site).

The two classic shapes of Hopewell burial mounds can be seen at Mound City. Some propose that the round-shaped and loaf-shaped mounds were built to emulate the two essential forms of Ohio's foothills. The nearly perfectly rounded hill known as Sugarloaf (part of Great Seal State Park) can be seen in the distance from within the enclosure at Mound City.

Pure mystery on holy ground