Most notable ancient Indian culture of east-central North America. It flourished circa 200 BC–AD 500, chiefly in the Illinois and Ohio river valleys. (The name derives from a U.S. farm where the first site was explored.) The Hopewell Indians built earthen mounds for enclosure, burial, religious rites, and defense. Hopewell villages lay along rivers and streams. The inhabitants raised corn and possibly beans and squash but still relied upon hunting and gathering. They produced pottery and metalwork. Trade routes were evidently well developed. After AD 400 the distinctive features of the Hopewell culture gradually disappeared. Seealso Woodland culture.
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Hopewell Mennonite marks 25th anniversary: The city congregation is featured in a chapter of an upcoming book on Mennonite churches in the area.
Dec 23, 2006; Dec. 23--hopewell Mennonite Church, 45 S. Sixth St., celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month with a special...