National Park Service: Junior Ranger Online - Travel or Trade?

The Hopewell created artifacts from beautiful materials that were not local to the region.

These raw materials were expertly carved and molded into shapes of a variety of animals, humans and dozens of other forms that are reflected in the natural environment. The artifacts were discovered under the mounds within geometric earthworks by archeologists. We know the location of the raw materials, and we know where the finished product was placed by the people. But how did the material make it to Ohio? In these activities, you are going to determine how people from the Hopewell culture obtained these exotic raw materials. Did they travel, trade or both 2,000 years ago?


Archaeology, Geology
K-6, Middle School

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