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[hohp-wel, -wuh l] /ˈhoʊp wɛl, -wəl/
adjective, Archaeology
of or relating to an advanced mound-building and agricultural Amerindian culture 100 b.c.–a.d. 400, centered in Ohio and Illinois and characterized by geometric earthworks, many large conical or dome-shaped burial mounds, corded and stamped pottery, ornamental knives and tobacco pipes, and the extensive trading of raw materials and artifacts.
Also, Hopewellian.
after Cloud Hopewell, owner (circa 1890) of a farm in Ross Co., Ohio, on which tumuli characterizing the culture were excavated Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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