Illinois State Museum


7:00 am Thursday, October 9 - 
8:00 pm Saturday, October 11 


Nina Walthall 
Illinois State Museum 


ISM Research & Collections Center 
1011 E. Ash St.
Springfield, IL 62703

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Ancient Earthworks of Ohio

2014 Archaeology, History, & Natural History Bus Trip

Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum will be the study leader for the trip.

Join us as we discover the mysteries of the prehistoric mound builders in southern and central Ohio. Site interpreters and museum curators will provide insight into the age, construction, and use of these silent witnesses to the past. Enjoy museums with exceptional exhibits on American Indians and dine in Ohio’s oldest inn, as we explore the beautiful rolling hills encompassing the gateway to this region’s rich historic past. 

Cost Includes:

  • Presentations by Dr. Wiant
  • Educational materials
  • Special presenters and guides at most museums and sites
  • Chartered motor coach
  • All meals and snacks
  • Accomodations

Double Occupancy (per person):

  • Members: $450
  • Non-members: $485

Single Occupancy (per person):

  • Members: $540
  • Non-members: $575

Register Online Now!

 Register by mail with this form.

Trip Highlights

Prehistoric Sites
Fort Ancient This is North America’s largest, prehistoric Indian hilltop enclosure. Learn about the 15,000 years of American Indian heritage in the Ohio valley as we explore the site’s first-class museum and receive a guided tour through the earthen palisade that encompasses the series of mounds overlooking the Miami River. 

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park - Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, (the Mound City Group), is one of the greatest concentrations of Hopewell Indian burial mounds. The museum displays unique artwork, tools, and weapons that archaeologists have excavated from this expansive earthwork. Enjoy a guided tour as we walk between the mounds and on nature trails overlooking the river. 

Miamisburg Mound - Miamisburg Mound is the largest cone-shaped mound in the United States and one of the most magnificent earthworks constructed during the Adena Period (circa 2,500 years ago).

Newark Mound Site - Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world. Experience a guided tour by Dr. Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio History Center.

Serpent Mound - This earthen embankment, nearly a quarter-mile long, was built about 1,000 years ago. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mound from a viewing tower and visit the newly renovated museum.

Historic Sites & Museums
Adena Mansion and Gardens - This 2000 acre estate of Thomas Worthington (1773-1827), sixth governor of Ohio and one of the state’s first United States Senators, is one of only three houses designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe still standing in the country. Latrobe is considered the first professional American architect and served as architect of the U.S. Capitol under President Thomas Jefferson. A tour and lunch will be included.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art - View extraordinary exhibits on Native American cultures of North America and enjoy lunch at the Museum’s Sky City Café.

Ohio History Center - The Ohio History Center includes some of the most famous artifacts ever found in Ohio, such as the Adena Pipe, the mica hand, and the Wray figurine, as well as many animal effigy pipes from Tremper Mound. Explore what archaeologists have learned about earthen mounds and ceremonial artifacts and their relation to the sacred lives of the ancient people in Ohio.

Historic Restaurants
Buxton Inn - Ohio’s oldest continuously operating inn in its original building since 1812 

Golden Lamb Inn - Ohio’s oldest inn

Schmidt's Banquet Haus - European style café in scenic German Village

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds can be made only if vacancy can be filled, or if tour is cancelled for any reason.