Conservancy group buys Ohio earthworks site

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) -- A conservancy group has successfully bid on one of the last privately held native American Hopewell earthworks sites in Ohio after the land was put up for sale.

Arc of Appalachia launched a fundraising campaign two weeks ago to save the earthworks in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) about 50 miles south of Columbus from possible development.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports Wednesday (http://ohne.ws/1j5eUNr ) the group bid $650,000 for the nearly 90 acres of land after coming to the auction with $350,000 in secured pledges.

The earthworks, known as the Junction Group, consist of a number of mounds, four full circles, three partial circles and two almost square enclosures.

The site, which is now below ground, was most likely used for ceremonies and probably served as a gathering place.

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Information from: Chillicothe Gazette, http://www.chillicothegazette.com

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