This is a picture of the Fort Ancient entrance – not an easy place to enter if you aren’t wanted! The Book of Mormon supports such sites when it reads “…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)
Long believed a fort, Ohio archeologists have since declared it a sacred space that was never a defensive structure. The confusion lies in the purpose of the water ditch. IF the structure is a fort, they argue, then the ditch would be a moat outside the wall.
HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT A MEDIEVAL FORT! Ohio archeologists are looking at Hopewell Culture from a European perspective. Hopewell Culture is completely different from Medieval culture. It could very well be that the ditch inside the fort is a water catchment system used for all the animals and people seeking protection inside the fort.