For a few years, our local national park has been working towards being added to a United Nations list of "World Heritage" sites.
This weekend, a panel of experts have been touring Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, along with the Newark Earthworks and Fort Ancient state sites.
They met here with local leaders Monday morning, under the leadership of Dean Alexander, superintendent of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
Gustavo Araoz is the international president of the advising council. "Universal importance" is one of several considerations to get listed, and he said the mystery of the mound builders places these parks among the most important sites in the world.
It's a slow process to be added to the list that includes the Pyramids of Giza, the Florida Everglades, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Wall of China...but a consensus among the crowd of about 30 was that it allows planning for a huge amount of increased tourism.