3D reconstruction of moon rise over Newark Earthworks

Final Chance This Year to Explore the Magnificent Ancient Native American Newark Octagon Earthworks

ICTMN Staff
10/14/12

"Two thousand years ago, Native Americans built one of the most amazing monuments of antiquity  in the place we now call Newark, Ohio," says Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society. "We know it today as separate parks — the Great Circle and the Octagon Earthworks, but originally it was a sprawling series of gigantic earthworks built in geometric shapes of remarkable precision and covering more than four-and-a-half square miles."

Sunday, October 14 is the last Octagon Earthworks open house event of the year. Although the site is owned by the Ohio Historical Society and a part of it is open to the public all year round, the entire park is accessible on only four days each year. Join us for this chance to experience the full grandeur of the Earthworks. The site is open all day for your enjoyment. Guided tours, Native American music and hands-on activities for the whole family are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m; all are free.

As ICTMN reported in June, The 2,000-year-old site is the largest geometric earthworks complex in the world, with approximately 12-foot-high, grass-covered earthen walls outlining huge circles and other forms. Arising gently from its surroundings, the place is both a massive modification of the landscape and a masterpiece of subtlety.

Built two millennia ago, one basket-load of dirt at a time, the biggest enclosures would swallow up several football fields; Stonehenge could be tucked into a tiny corner of one of these gigantic shapes. Newark—along with other Ohio sites Serpent Mound, in Peebles; Fort Ancient, in Lebanon; and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park/Mound City, in Chillicothe—are being considered for UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

“The Newark Earthworks are proof of our ancestors’ genius,” says Carol Welsh, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and director of the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO), in Columbus.

Today is your opportunity to explore this genius.

For further information on the open house, click here.

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