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Author Romain, William F., 1948-

Title Mysteries of the Hopewell : astronomers, geometers, and magicians of the eastern woodlands / William F. Romain
Edition First edition
Published Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 272 pages) : illustrations
Series Series on Ohio history and culture
Ohio history and culture.
Contents Physical Parameters -- The Enchanted Valley -- Sacred Geometry -- Measuring and Counting -- Hopewell Astronomy -- Azimuths to the Otherworld -- The Hopewell Worldview -- Symbols of Earth and Sky -- Sacred Ceremonies -- The Serpent Mound
Summary Buried beneath today's Midwestern towns, under several layers of earth and the accumulated debris of two thousand years, are the clues to an ancient mystery. A Native American people, now known as the Hopewell, lived and worked these lands, building earthworks which in some instances dwarf the ruins at Stonehenge. More significantly, these mammoth earthworks were built in different geometric shapes, using a standard unit of measure and aligned to the cycles of the sun and the moon. Using the foundation of existing scholarship, Mysteries of the Hopewell presents new discoveries showing the accomplishments of the Mound Builders in astronomy, geometry, measurement, and counting. William Romain then goes one step further to theorize why generations of people toiled to move millions of tons of earth to form these precise structures, joining the ranks of the Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks, Chinese, and other advanced ancient cultures. William Romain's Mysteries of the Hopewell will appeal to many readers, including anthropologists, mathematicians, and historians, but perhaps especially to readers curious about ancient cultures and seeking explanations for these magnificent earthen structures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-268) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hopewell culture.
Indian astronomy -- Ohio.
Indians of North America -- Ohio -- Mathematics.
Ohio -- Antiquities.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1935603248 (electronic bk.)
1935603256 (electronic bk.)
9781935603245 (electronic bk.)
9781935603252 (electronic bk.)