Steel Earthworks Guided Tour

Guided Tour with Archaeologist Tim Everhart 

Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00am at the Junction Earthworks Preserve

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.

Join Archaeologist Tim Everhart on a guided tour of Steel Earthworks at the Junction Earthwork Preserve.  Tim Everhart has excavated at the Steel and Junction Group Preserves the last two summers and will share the exciting revelations made during his time in the field.

The hike begins at 10am at the Steel Earthworks Prairie Loop. Please note: Participants will need to make their way to the trailhead, which is at the end of a one-mile-long direct and flat trail that follows an abandoned railroad corridor, no later than 9:45am to ensure that the hike starts on time! Registration for the hike is required and will open on May 22. Space is limited.

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.

The Woodland Ohio Monumentality Project 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!


Registration is required for this event as there are limited spaces available. Registration opens May 22. Please return to this page and fill out the form below and click the submit button. Once you submit your registration you will receive a confirmation in the email you have given. If you have any questions, please call our main information line, 937-365-1935 or email