Junction Earthworks Tour and Presentation

Presentation by Tim Everhart of the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project

Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11am at the Junction Earthworks Preserve

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The Junction and Steel Earthwork preserves are unique archaeological sites containing at least 21 monumental earthen enclosures believed to be around 2,000 years old. The American Indians who constructed these monumental landscapes engaged in complex ritual practices, involving the acquisition of exotic raw materials from hundreds of miles away, flamboyant mortuary displays, and the movement of millions of basket-loads of soil. The Steel and Junction Group Sites are a unique record of these activities and may hold insights to many of the unanswered questions of the renowned Pre-Columbian American Indian societies of this region. For more information on these two sites click here.

The Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project, which has excavated at the Steel and Junction Group Preserves the last two summers, aims to understand the diversity of American Indian monuments constructed during the Woodland Period (1,000 BC – AD 900). Specifically, it seeks to document when traditions of conical mound construction gave way to the making of geometric earthworks, explain how these earthworks were used, and discover the scale and composition of communities utilizing them. Excavations at these sites have begun to offer answers to these questions, while also inspiring many more!

During this presentation of the results from the Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project, Tim Everhart will lead a tour of the Junction  Earthwork Preserve, ending with descriptions of the excavations at the Junction Group which will be open for viewing. These excavation units contain features relating to the use and construction history of the most enigmatic of these enclosures — the quatrefoil. Tim will also provide the results of the excavations at the Steel Group and, how together, these sites are changing our understanding of these societies.

Tim Everhart

Tim Everhart is an archaeologist and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. He studies the role of monuments in small-scale societies with his research focusing in the Central Scioto River Valley of Southern Ohio among the earthworks of Woodland Societies where he has worked for nearly a decade. Tim has also completed field research in Germany, Romania, Oman, Madagascar, and in various regions across the United States.