YELLOW SPRINGS SENIOR CENTER
Tour I: Local Adena Mounds and Sun Watch Village
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 9 am–5 pm
Please register and pay by May 4
Williamson Mound, Kinsey Mound, Wright Brothers Memorial Group Mounds, and the Miamisburg Mound are Adena burial mounds. Sun Watch Village in the Great Miami River flood plain is a late prehistoric settlement arranged around a plaza with a large central post that served as part of a solar calendar. The associated visitor center interprets the site and its culture.
Tour II: Newark Earthworks and Hopewell Culture National Park
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 9 am–5 pm
Please register and pay by June 8
The Newark Earthworks are the largest assemblage of Hopewell geometric earthen architecture in the eastern United States. Although much of the original work is gone, the Great Circle and other large features are still visible today. The associated museum is the first one in the U.S. devoted to Native American art. If time allows, the tour will then stop at the Tarleton Cross Mound on the way to Chillicothe. Tarleton Mound is an unusual low, cross-shaped mound of unknown age. North of Chillicothe are the Mound City Group, a restored burial mound and embankment complex, one of the finest known examples of a Hopewell ceremonial center, and the Hopewell Mound Group, the largest of all surviving Hopewell earthworks. The visitor center exhibits are a most unusual and significant collection of Hopewell artifacts.
Tour III: Fort Ancient and Serpent Mound
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9 am–5 pm
Please register and pay by July 7
This tour takes visitors to the Fort Ancient Hilltop Enclosure and to Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. Fort Ancient is the largest Hopewell hilltop enclosure in all of North America, constructed in stages over 400 years. It is located in Ohio’s first state park. Serpent Mound is the largest effigy mound in America and has recently been dated to late prehistoric time.