Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Day 6 Wednesday

Today we visited Fort Ancient, and Miamisburg mound. Fort Ancient is a massive structure. The wall extends four miles. There is a ceremonial area with four circular mounds arranged in a perfect square.

The Hopewell Mound Builder's site of Fort Ancient is the largest hilltop enclosure in the United States, located in Lebanon, Ohio. This site would have been one of the Nephites' most significant "places of retreat" (Alma 49:11) and "forts of security" (Alma 49:18) during their battles with the Lamanites. The outside perimeter is over 4 miles long and an estimated 553,000 cubic yards of earth was used in the construction of the walls and embankments.

"Now behold, the Lamanites could not get into their forts of security by any other way save by the entrance, because of the highness of the bank which had been thrown up, and the depth of the ditch which had been dug round about, save it were by the entrance" (Alma 49:18).

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