State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) recently commended the Ohio House’s support of the nomination of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

House Concurrent Resolution 33, passed during session last week, expresses support for the site’s nomination, as it has universal cultural significance and is a masterpiece of human creative genius.

Located in Warren, Ross, and Licking counties, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are ceremonial and social centers of vibrant American Indian culture dating back approximately 2,000 years. The sites are preserved constructions of the indigenous people in the Ohio Valley and have helped shape the public’s understanding of the culture.

“The Hopewell ceremonial sites being deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site would bring people from all walks of life to Ohio,” said Scherer. “Domestic tourism and job creation would significantly increase in addition to Ohio being internationally recognized.”

A UNESCO designation of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as a World Heritage Site will attract significant tourism to the region, resulting in increased spending and investment in the area. Believed to be an exceptional testimony to past American Indian cultural traditions and knowledge, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks would be the first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ohio.

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