Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Published on: Monday, February 12, 2007
Historian's work unravels mystery of local mounds
BY ANDREW WALTERS
There are three factual errors on the sign that marks the Hopewell Indian burial mounds at Sinnissippi Park in Sterling.
Most noticeably, the Indian head silhouette is that of a 19th century plains Indian, which was quite different from the ancient people who thrived in the area 2,000 years ago. Also, the dates, 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. are slightly misleading as well, as that includes the Adena civilization that preceded the Hopewells. Finally, the wording itself that calls the Hopewells an "Indian Tribe" does not tell the full story.
"They were not a tribe; this was a full, complex civilization," said amateur historian Wolf Koch, of the Sterling Rock Falls Historical Society.
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