Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Hopewell Earthworks now UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today, just before the 200th anniversary of Moroni's first visit to Joseph Smith, a major Hopewell earthwork, located in what Joseph described as "the plains of the Nephites" and dating to Book of Mormon times, has been recognized as the United States’ 25th addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Press release:

On Sept. 19, the 21 countries on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee issued their decision to inscribe Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as the United States’ 25th addition to the World Heritage List.

The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, which include five locations managed by the National Park Service and three managed by the Ohio History Connection, were built by Native Americans between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago. They are complex masterpieces of landscape architecture and are exceptional among ancient monuments worldwide in their enormous scale, geometric precision and astronomical alignments.

Collectively, these special and sacred places constitute Ohio’s first World Heritage Site.


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