Bradley T. Lepper

Abstract

A previous slogan of the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism declared that Ohio was "The Heart of It All." A review of Ohio's prehistory suggests this slogan is appropriate for much of the past 15,000 years; and yet sur-prisingly few Ohioans today fully appreciate the impressiveness of our ancient American Indian heritage. Archaeologists need to reach out to the general public and share the knowledge we have gained about the origi-nal discoverers of America who hunted mastodons across Ohio’s Ice Age landscape, the first Ohio farmers who learned how to domesticate local plants more than 3,000 years ago, and the mound-builders who translated their sophisticated knowledge of geometry and astronomy into architectural wonders of the world.

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