ancient Ohio trail /mound sites
A couple weeks ago I went out to Ohio to look for indian mound postcards and visit the actual mounds. I was successful in both goals. I saw about a dozen sites over 2 days, starting with the fine Shrum Mound in Colmbus, along with the Williams Mound, Seip Mound and the earthworks sites at Fort Ancient, Newark and Chillitcothe, among others. The Tarlton Cross Mound (spelling from vague memory) was closed due to vandalism, but it wasn't clear if it was the mound or park that had the problems.
It became apparent to me that most of these mounds cannot be considered without taking into account the enormous networks of earthworks, which some think were connected by "roads". The so called "Hopewell" road (I say so called because that was the name of the anglo farmer on whose land a certain dig took place). The friendly people at the Newark Great Circle museum gave me a flyer for some events planned this year regarding these which can be found at:
Because the leaves were on the trees, the scale of some of the earthworks sites wasn't immediately apparent, but Mound City, which I visited early in the morning, with a slight mist rising from the morning dew while butterflies harassed me as I walked around the well maintained grounds was probably the most impactful. The Nat Park Service now runs this and they do an excellent job.
Going to have to see Cahokia now...