In November 2011 I was invited to accompany my professor John Koepke at a conference in Ohio to comment on the process underway there for several Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to be inscripted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of my primary interests as a student of landscape is to understand the “spectral traces” of culture. Combining my background in anthropology and my interests in “land art”, I felt very glad to be part of this dialogue. I hope that as I move further into my own process within the field of landscape architecture that heritage and historic preservation can be a primary focus. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks that I was so fortunate to visit are very special places with rich and complex stories surrounding them.
Below is a presentation I put together for members of the University of Minnesota’s student chapter of the The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.