Posted March 4, 2014
Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve presents a lecture by Brad Lepper on the Newark Earthworks — One of the World’s Ancient Wonders
, on Saturday, March 15th from 10:30 to 12:00 noon in the museum at Fort Ancient. The Newark Earthworks
are the largest set of geometric enclosures and mounds in the world. Built by the Hopewell culture somewhere between 100 B.C. and A.D. 400, these geometric earthworks originally covered nearly five square miles and incorporated more than seven million cubic feet of earth in their complex designs. Why did the Hopewell build such monumental works? Were they prehistoric forts or ancient American cathedrals? The Hopewell also built the magnificent Fort Ancient Earthworks
, which you can tour as part of your visit!
Brad Lepper is the Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society and an occasional Visiting Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University. His primary areas of interest include North Americas Ice Age peoples, Ohios mounds and earthworks, and the history of American archaeology. Noteworthy research includes excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon and discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, which was featured in a public television documentary. This educational program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the classroom in the museum. Regular museum admission is requested for people wishing to go through the museum after the lecture is over. Regular museum admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students. Dayton Society of Natural History and Ohio Historical Society members are admitted free. This program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council
. A state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fort Ancient is located at 6123 St Rt 350, Oregonia, Ohio 45054. For additional information call 513-932-4421 or go to www.fortancient.org