OCTAGON EARTHWORKS OPEN HOUSE APRIL 15 & 16 2012


OCTAGON EARTHWORKS OPEN HOUSE APRIL 15 & 16 2012

Come to the Octagon Earthworks at Newark for a rare opportunity to experience the entire site.

For much of the year, visits to the Octagon Earthworks by the general public are limited to viewing the earthworks from an observation platform located just off the parking lot. From this vantage point you can see into the large circular enclosure, the massive octagon, and the neck of parallel walls that connect these two earthworks. In addition, you can walk past the Moundbuilders Country Club building and follow a trail around the circular earthwork to a point where you can view the “Observatory Mound.”

A few times each year, however, golfing is suspended at the park and you are free to experience the entire site! Two of these open house dates have been set for April 15th and 16th.

Come and stand atop the Observatory Mound a unique feature of the Newark Earthworks.

Imagine the enclosure beneath you filled with throngs of people dancing, singing, drumming, or playing panpipes and waiting for the Moon to rise in alignment with the opposite gateway of the Octagon.

Walk through the avenue of parallel walls connecting the Circle with the Octagon. Such walls were a common element of Hopewellian earthworks, but this is the only remaining site where the walls are preserved and where you can actually experience the architecture for yourself — but only during these occasional open house dates.

Stay tuned to this site for announcements of future dates!

Brad Lepper

Posted March 13, 2012
Topics: Archaeology

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