Earthworks: Preserving Ohio’s Ancient History



The Hopewell people, who built the Newark Earthworks, pictured above, may have constructed the mounds as elaborate underground cemeteries.


Not far from the chaos of downtown Columbus stand a series of earthen mounds built by ancient cultures that inhabited this region over 2,000 years ago.  Their exact purpose remains mysterious, but their preservation is essential. This hour we’ll talk about what may have inspired a people to build the largest earthworks in the world, and what threats the sites face today.


  • Dr. Jarrod Burks, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
  • Dr. Bradley Lepper, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio Historical Society
  • Chief Glenna Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

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