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Hopewell Earthworks in Ohio, USA: Rediscovering Ancient (200 BC-AD 400) Monuments

December 14, 2020

The first CHAS lecture of 2021 will be held on the 11th January 2021 at 7.45pm, online via zoom. Dr Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeology Inc., will be talking about his work researching the Hopewell earthworks of Ohio.  Jarrod will be known to some of us as he came to St Albans in 2013 to help teach the geophysics course at the start of the Sensing the Iron Age and Roman Past project which led to the creation of the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group (CAGG). As well as his commercial survey work, Jarrod has been surveying in this spare time the amazing earthwork sites of the Hopewell, which date between 200 BC and AD 400.  Some of these sites are truly enormous — he has just finished surveying one great circle which is 1000 feet in diameter, and some are amazingly complex.  He has also been involved in projects to save and protect some of these sites when they come under threat of development.  This talk will be a fascinating insight into this prehistoric culture, little known to many on this side of the Atlantic. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Jarrod teaching at the 2013 course at Verulamium Park.

 

Jarrod surveying at the Snake Den site in 2019.

The magnetometry survey of the Junction Group earthworks, Ohio.

The preserved site at the Junction Group, Ohio, with the earthworks indicated by mowing.

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