Hopewell Culture National Historical Park was established to help preserve prehistoric mounds. The park traces its roots to Mound City Group National Monument which was established by President Warren G. Harding in 1923. Over the years various mound groups were added at the appropriation of Congress and the recommendation of the National Park Service. In 1992, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park was created by renaming the old Mound City Monument. It expanded the boundaries of the park at Hopeton Earthworks, and included High Bank Works, Hopewell Mound Group, and Seip Earthworks in the park.
Throughout its history, archeologists have been crucial to the discoveries made and knowledge acquired from this area. Archeologists have helped excavate and create six important archeological sites within the park. These sites are shown in the image below and help highlight where thousands of artifacts have come. Even before the park existed, several greats in archeology touched the area including Caleb Atwater, Edwin Davis, and others.
For more information about Hopewell Culture National Historical park, check out its website. For more information about some of the early archeologists to work in the area, check out this link. For more information about the park’s museum collections, visit this page.