OCTAGON OPEN HOUSE PROVIDES RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE THE ENTIRE GLORIOUS SITE


OCTAGON OPEN HOUSE PROVIDES RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE THE ENTIRE GLORIOUS SITE

The Octagon Earthworks, one of the most spectacular remnants of the Newark Earthworks, preserves a monumental circular earthwork connected by a short segment of parallel walls to an even more monumental octagonal enclosure. Portions of the site are open to the public during daylight hours 365 days a year, but much of the siteis used as a private golf course during much of the year, so access necessarily is restricted.

Four times a year, however, golfing is suspended and the entire site is made available to the general public. Yesterday was one of those days and around 200 people took advantage of the opportunity, including two classes of archaeology students from Cleveland State University. It was a beautiful day and those of us lucky enough to be there got to experience the ancient architecture in all its spring glory.

The Open House continues through today, but if you missed this one, there are two more Open Houses this year. The next one will be on Tuesday May 29th. TheOpen House extends from dawn to dusk with public programing (tours and other activities) restricted to the period from 10 AM to 2 PM

The final Open House of the year will be on Sunday October 14th. The public is welcome from dawn to dusk, but public programming will be offered from Noon to 4 PM.

I will hope to see you next month, but be sure to come again in the autumn! The earthworks have a special beauty in each season.


Brad Lepper

Posted April 16, 2012
Topics: Archaeology

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