About the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy

The Heartland Earthworks Conservancy is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

What We Do

Heartland Earthworks Conservancy is a group of archaeologists, conservationists, and enthusiasts who volunteer their time to do what they can to preserve ancient earthworks in southern Ohio.

Our Mission

  • Advance the preservation and protection of Native American earthwork sites in the Hopewell Heartland.
  • Acquire real estate and conservation easements for the purpose of preserving ancient earthworks.
  • Manage  earthworks to preserve their cultural, archaeological and natural integrity.
  • Educate the public about ancient earthworks, their importance and how to protect them.
  • Sponsor and conduct scientific surveys of earthworks.
  • Support and partner with other organizations with compatible missions.

Board of Trustees Members

  • Jarrod Burks, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
  • William S. Dancey, Emeritus Associate Professor of Anthropology, Ohio State University
  • Robert Genheimer, George Rieveschl Curator of Archaeology, Cincinnati Museum Center
  • John E. Hancock, Professor of Architecture, U.C. & Project Co-Director, The Ancient Ohio Trail
  • Aaron Rourke, President, Rivers Unlimited
  • Al Tonetti, Cultural Resources Specialist, ASC Group, Inc.

Board of Trustees Advisors

  • Robert N. Drake, Of Counsel, Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer, P.P.L.
  • Bradley T. Lepper, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio History Connection



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