The process of having significant Ohio earthworks inscribed on the World Heritage List has reached another important milestone and we are again requesting your help.
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced in the Federal Register Dec. 14, 2010 that it is considering whether to forward any nominations from properties on the U.S. Tentative List to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre next year. The department will consider public comments received during a 30-day comment period in making a decision regarding which properties may advance for full nomination.
The list includes Serpent Mound (1MB PDF requires Acrobat Reader) as well as nine Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (1MB PDF requires Acrobat Reader) : Fort Ancient, Mound City Group, Seip Earthworks, Hopeton Earthworks, Hopewell Mound Group, High Bank Works and the Newark Earthworks (Octagon Earthworks, Great Circle Earthworks, and Wright Earthworks).
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to list these Ohio sites alongside other cultural sites of outstanding universal value, including Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and Cahokia Mounds. We need you to submit your comments to the National Park Service and copy your letter to Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen.-elect Rob Portman, and your congressperson.
Comments are due by January 12, 2011. Direct your comments to Jonathan Putnam at Office of International Affairs, National Park Service, 1201 Eye Street NW, (0050), Washington, DC 20005, by e-mail to email@example.com, by phone at 202-354-1809 or by fax to 202-371-1446. Please also send a copy of your comments to George Kane at the Ohio Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211.
Brad Lepper, Ohio Historical Society email@example.com or 614-297-2064
George Kane, Ohio Historical Society firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-297-2441
Lynn Hanson, Dayton Society of Natural History LHanson@boonshoftmuseum.org
Richard Shiels, Newark Earthworks Center at Ohio State University email@example.com
John Hancock, CERHAS at University of Cincinnati firstname.lastname@example.org
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