Ohio Valley Archaeology Tour

Our regional tour takes visitors for an adventure with an ARI Interpreter to significant archaeological sites in Ohio that are important to the story of the past 2,000 years. The first stop is at Fort Ancient, the Hopewell earthworks near Lebanon, Ohio. Your Interpreter will guide you through the museum and earthworks, building upon the history of the Guard Site and its relationship to the archaeology beyond the Cincinnati area. The second stop is Sunwatch, a reconstructed Fort Ancient village in Dayton, Ohio. Discover the later history of the Fort Ancient period and learn about the movement of peoples out from the Ohio River 1,000 years ago. Visitors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, hiking clothes, and boots. 





Wednesday & Saturday 10 & 11 am 1 & 2 pm

Meeting Location:

Meet at the Archaeological Research Institute Learning Center. Visitors will be driven to tour locations by an ARI Interpreter and returned to the Learning Center at the end of the tour.

Age Requirement:


Activity Level:

Difficult – standing and walking on moderate hiking trails in heat for extended periods of time


6-8 hours long


The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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