earthworks

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A set of 2,000-year-old earthworks is at the center of a court battle. It's also at the center of a golf course.

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A recent effort to preserve a historic Native American earthwork in Butler County points to a broader effort to recognize and honor Ohio's early mound builders. Eight ancient earthworks sites dating to the Hopewell era comprise the USA's first Ohio-centric bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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There's an element of excitement surrounding Fortified Hill, a Ross Township earthwork, after supporters were able to raise the money to save it in just over a month.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

An effort is underway to save an endangered earthwork in Butler County before it's potentially sold to developers Sept. 28.

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Centuries ago American Indians constructed vast earthworks stretching for miles through Ohio. Some of these geometric and animal shaped structures were more than 15 feet high and rivaled Stonehenge in their astronomical accuracy. European settlers demolished many of the structures but some spectacular sites remain.