Ceremonial platform mounds built by the Hopewell Native Americans scatter the trails of Fort Ancient, showcasing the natural and archaeological features of Southern Ohio.
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Earthen walls stand strong on either side of the road as visitors enter the preserve, remembering a time when this region was home to a civilization vastly different than our own.
2. It could soon be a World Heritage Site (and one of the few in the U.S.)
Three-fourths of the calories consumed by the ancient Fort Ancient people who lived along the Great Miami River 800 years ago came from corn. CONNIE POST / STAFF
The significance Fort Ancient has to this region is so great, that the site could soon become a World Heritage Site — joining the likes of only 23 other World Heritage Sites in the U.S., including Yosemite National Park.
3. Events are held year-round
The prehistoric site not only has a museum you’ll want to get lost in as you see firsthand, what our predecessors created so long ago, but year-long events are scheduled— bringing some of the most forward-thinking scholars and natural history educators to Southern Ohio.
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Just a few of the events planned for 2018 include guided wild flower hikes, observing the summer solstice as the ancient people did 2,000 years ago, maple syrup tutorials and many others.
Example of dugout canoe used by Fort Ancient Indians. Make sure you wear your life jacket on this boat. CONTRIBUTED
Want to go?
WHAT: Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve
WHERE: 6123 State Route 350, Oregonia
MORE INFO: fortancient.org | Facebook