Between working for the National Park Service and volunteering for the Arc of Appalachia, Bruce Lombardo has developed a fascination with the ancient mounds and walls that both groups preserve and interpret here in southern Ohio. 

Now that our Hopewell Earthworks may be nominated to a worldwide list of important sites, the local Ranger and wildland volunteer has developed a PowerPoint presentation where he passionately tells their story. 

Bruce Lombardo says the Hopewell were very different from the builders of other timeless constructs like the Pyramids of Giza or the Great Wall of China - they were egalitarian, and didn't even live in villages or have written records. 

They also apparently didn't fight, since their skeletons don't show battle wounds. 

But there's one big idea that he wants listeners to come away with - the phrase "the most spectacular concentration of ancient earthworks in the world!" 

Lombardo can be contacted through Heartland Earthworks Conservancy to give his 45-minute presentation. 

The federal shutdown prevented him from giving a third performance at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, instead he spoke at Dard Hunter Studios, Thursday. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils