5. Notes and News
Hopeton research continues in 2005 – Archeologists,
geophysicists and geo-archeologists plan to continue
research at the Hopeton Earthworks in 2005. Fieldwork
is tentatively scheduled for June, with students
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln expected
to participate. The focus of the June fieldwork
will be additional study of a building on the
west side of the large rectangular enclosure
at Hopeton. Three walls of this building were
partially exposed by previous investigations.
Visits to the site to view the excavations may
be arranged by contacting Hopewell Culture National
Arizona State University to begin work at Seip – Dr.
Katherine Spielmann is making plans for explore
the remains of a house floor at Seip. Excavations
under the direction of Raymond Baby in the 1970s
produced evidence of structures that may been
built to shelter craft specialists engaged in
making objects for Hopewell rituals. The 2005
project is designed to evaluate whether these
structures were workshops. Dr. Spielmann will
be assisted by students from Arizona State University
as part of a field school in archeological methods
and research strategies.
Research at High Bank continues in 2005 - Archaeologists
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, including
Dr. N’omi Greber and a Kirtlandia Society
Intern, plan to be at the site in June. Several
types of geophysical instruments will be used
to confirm the location and character of an anomaly
found between two wall segments of the Octagon
last season. Additional surveys to compare the
apparent difference in the magnetic maps of the
Great Circle walls and those of the Octagon will
be added as time allows.
Lecture Series – Hopewell Culture National
Historical Park is making plans for its annual
summer lecture series. Lectures will be given
on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm during the month
of June. Contact the park to receive more information.
These lectures are free to the public and have
been very well attended in recent years.
Geophysics Workshop – The National Park
Service will be offering its annual workshop
on geophysical prospection methods in Chillicothe,
Ohio from May 16-20, 2005. The workshop is titled
Current Archeological Prospection Advances for
Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century
is an excellent opportunity to learn how the
latest methods in geophysical research are being
used in archeological research, particularly
the study of mounds and earthworks. Information
about the workshop is available at (website).
The Midwest Archeological Conference will be
held in Dayton, Ohio, October 20-23, 2005. Dr.
Robert Riordan, Wright State University, and
Lynn Simonelli and William Kennedy, Dayton Society
of Natural History are conference organizers.
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