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Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks designated as UNESCO World Heritage site

Ohio History Connection

This episode originally aired on Dec. 4, 2023.

Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, a group of eight sites in southern Ohio, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It's a designation on par with the Pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China and other landmarks.

At the site near Chillicothe, Native Americans, some 2,000 years ago, built 800,000 square-foot geometric shapes into a meadow that aligns with the movements of the sun and the moon.

We talk about the ingenuity of its creation, the marketing challenge and the long road to UNESCO recognition and what it means.


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