I am sending you a picture of the Marietta, Ohio’s Library which was built on top of a Hopewell flat top mound. If you ever travel to this city that is flanked by the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers, stop in and check out the large oval shaped mound that lies inside the cemetery. Then if you venture around a few city block and head towards the Muskingum River, you will run into a corridor that originally had high earthen walls bordering it. I think the walls were 8 feet tall but can’t remember for certain at this point in time. This was a large ceremonial center and it was visited by 10’s of thousands of people. They not only participated in ceremonies, they also traded their wares and shared good times. Music and games were played. People were married. And, rituals were conducted for their deities. What an awesome city.
The picture below was posted on Facebook by Jay Frandsen. Thank you Jay for your contribution to this post.
When I traveled to Marietta, I hired a tour guide from the Chamber of Commerce. She will show you these historical sites as-well-as sharing the stories of ghosts, mound builders, wars, and hilarious characters. So, check it out!
This is the platform mound in Marietta that they built a library on.