Anthropology, Department of


Ohio Hopewell: Ancient Crossroads of the America Midwest

Date of this Version

Summer 7-2016


Heitman, Carrie C., William Parkinson, Krystal Britt, Jamie Kelly, Karin Dalziel, and Jessica Dusaault. "Ohio Hopewell: Ancient Crossroads of the American Midwest." Archive. 2016. Web. Open.


This project was a collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Field Museum of Natural History, and the University of Illinois at Chicago and was funded by an Andrew W. Mellon "Humanities Without Walls—Global Midwest" pilot grant. Our work focused on the legacy records and artifacts recovered by Warren K. Moorehead’s 1891–1892 excavation at the Hopewell Mound Group near Chillicothe, Ohio and housed at the Field Museum. Our five primary goals were to: 1) Enhance access to these legacy collections; 2) Use modern web technologies to integrate and present data to a wide audience; 3) Build from the knowledge-base of senior scholars with intimate knowledge of Ohio Hopewell Collections; 4) Promote research and help educate the public about Ohio Hopewell archaeology; and 5) Help foster the next generation of Hopewell scholars. We completed our 12-month collaboration in December 2015 and the resulting website ( launched in July of 2016. We hope this collaborative project will advance research by aggregating these data and providing open access to legacy and contemporary archaeological information on the ceremonial activities of the Ohio Hopewell, specifically the creation of mound complexes (eg, Mound City, Hopewell, Seip, Hopeton, Fort Ancient, and Newark).