Hopewell Archaeology: A View from the Northern Woodlands

Elliot M. Abrams

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A tremendous amount of research on Hopewellian societies in the Northern Woodlands of the United States has been conducted within the last decade. This article summarizes the main themes and directions of that current research and presents a general model of Hopewellian societies. Local communities appear to have been small in size and relatively sedentary; sets of these communities shared a greater sense of cultural identity within a lineage and possibly clan organization, with each riverine drainage system occupied by a mosaic of lineages. Each in turn was spatially centered on specific clusters of religious, nonresidential public architecture. Alliances were based on a number of historically shifting variables, including religion, kinship, politics, and economics. It is suggested that future research continue existing methodologies and analyses and consider new ecological, genetic, and ideological research as a means of adding greater local historic nuance to this general model of Hopewellian societies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-204
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • ISAS
  • Archaeology
  • Hopewell
  • North America
  • Northern Woodland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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