Hopewell

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[ hohp-wel, -wuh l ]
/ ˈhoʊp wɛl, -wəl /
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noun

a city in E Virginia, on the James River.

Hopewell

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or Hope·well·i·an

[ hohp-wel, -wuh l or hohp-wel-ee-uh n ]
/ ˈhoʊp wɛl, -wəl or hoʊpˈwɛl i ən /

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.

Origin of Hopewell

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after Cloud Hopewell, owner (circa 1890) of a farm in Ross Co., Ohio, on which tumuli characterizing the culture were excavated

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