Ohio State University archaeologist Dr. William Dancey explains how the state of Ohio, despite its ancient treasures, still lacks strong preservation laws.


All the Ohio Valley was once covered with dense forest, so the large clearings artificially created for the earthworks would have created an enormous impact.

The Ancient Forest

Arc of Appalachia head Nancy Stranahan talks about the need to preserve the Eastern Deciduous Forest.

Order of the Cincinnati

Historian Roger Kennedy describes the Revolutionary War officers who found at Marietta, Ohio, an ancient architectural order and tried to respect it.

Sacred Landscape

Archaeologist Dr. Mark Seeman discusses the relation between the hills and valleys of the Ohio River landscape and the formations of the earthworks and mounds.

Marietta and the Ohio Company

Marietta became the first permanent settlement in Ohio (then part of the Northwest Territory) when veterans of the Revolution were given land vouchers.

The Town of Chillicothe

The Chillicothe area was the heart of Ohio's ancient culture, and the town's historic buildings mark its early settlement roots.

The Adena Estate

Atop a hill above Chillicothe's earthworks, a Latrobe-designed house still stands, built for Thomas Worthington, one of Ohio's earliest leaders.

Blackhand Gorge

Near Flint Ridge, a river gorge once marked by Indians reveals evidence of the historic canal and rail systems.

Thomas Worthington

This early Ohio leader planned his Adena estate to reflects his idealism in architecture and society.

Coffee Cups and Cakes

Historian Roger Kennedy tells the story of Worthington hosting Tecumseh and his colleagues for coffee and cakes at the Adena estate.

Ideals of Respect

Historian Roger Kennedy explains the respect Worthington and his friend Albert Gallatin had for Native Americans.

Logan Elm, Chief Logan

In 1775, Chief Logan's famous speech was delivered near Chillicothe, encapsulating the tragedy of white-Indian relations in the Ohio country.

Ohio Canals

In the 1830s, a canal system was created to revolutionize agricultural trade in Ohio, and it still marks the countryside in many places.



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