Great Hopewell Road
Central Ohio Valley
Images courtesy of Ohio Historical Society
|Searching for the Great Hopewell
is a one-hour documentary that explores new research into the monumental earthworks of the Ohio Hopewell people - Native Americans whose culture flourished in the central Ohio Valley about 2000 years ago.
The documentary is based on the investigations of Dr. Bradley Lepper, Coordinator of Archaeological Education, Ohio Historical Society, who has uncovered evidence the Hopewell may have built a straight, wide sixty-mile road between their two greatest ceremonial centers. Questions about the existence and purpose of this proposed "Great Hopewell Road" reveal some of the different ways in which archaeologists, historians, and Native Americans interpret the past.
Searching for the Great Hopewell Road blends interviews with rare archival photographs, beautiful artifacts, stunning aerial photography, and new computer animation for an unprecedented look at the magnificent legacies of the Hopewell people. The landmark documentary generated academic praise, critical acclaim and strong viewership surrounding recent broadcasts on public television stations in the Ohio Valley.
This WEB site was created so viewers, educators, and students may learn more about the cultural sites, museums, archives, and research used to make the documentary. The information presented in this site is not a comprehensive resource list. However, you will find the general information needed to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Ohio Valley.
Searching for the Great Hopewell Road was made possible with major funding from Charles and Martha Anness, the Ohio Humanities Council, the George Gund Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Additional funding was supplied by Ohio Joint Program in the Arts and Humanities, Louise Taft Semple Foundation, Charles Westheimer Family Fund, City of Cincinnati Arts Allocation Committee, National Parks and Conservation Association, Mr. Joseph S. Stern, Jr., Mr. William Victor, Mr. Gerald Skidmore, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm C. Myers, Wilson Art Stores, Kentucky Humanities Council, Mr. Philip J. Cohen, Ms. Carol McIlwain, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Horst. This website was designed by Scott Walley of Algonquin Archaeological Consultants. Images were supplied by Command Z studios of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Searching for the Great Hopewell Road
was produced by Pangea Productions Ltd. in collaboration with Algonquin
Archaeological Consultants, Inc. Please mail your questions, comments,
and information updates to Pangea Productions Ltd.,
|Home videos are available from the Ohio Historical Society. Home videos are $19.95 plus shipping, handling, and tax.|