Launching of Ancient Ohio Trail: dynamic guide to Ohios history and culture Where Technology and History Converge

Be among the first to explore the Ancient Ohio Trail, a dynamic, web-based guide to Ohio’s earthworks! Bring your smart phones and curiosity to the Great Circle at Newark Earthworks State Memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Introductions from representatives of a number of our partners, locally, regionally, and nationally will launch the Ancient Ohio Trail. The keynote speaker Gerard Baker, Ph.D., is the first American Indian (Mandan-Hidatsa) to serve as superintendent of a National Park. The days events are free and open to the public.

The Ancient Ohio Trail focuses on the distinguished Native American heritage across Ohio and traces early settlement in the region. Travelers whether virtual or on location — will gain rewarding insights from visits to the ancient earthworks, and will discover Ohio’s historic towns, scenic roads, and many distinctive cultural, artistic, and tourist amenities. It combines detailed site tours with vivid, computer-generated animations and downloadable media that allow viewers to experience the full scope, beauty, and precision of these monuments.

The Ancient Ohio Trail is a project of the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) in collaboration with the University of Cincinnatis Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historic and Archaeological Sites (CERHAS), and was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Richard Shiels, Ph.D., director of the NEC and associate professor of history at The Ohio State University at Newark and Professor John Hancock, architectural historian and director of CERHAS at the University of Cincinnati led the project; Hancock will present an overview of the Ancient Ohio Trail. Staff from CERHAS and volunteers will be on hand to assist guests with the technology. In addition to learning about the Ancient Ohio Trail, attendees will enjoy throwing spears with an atlatl, watching a lacrosse demonstration, viewing displays, and attending an open house in the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Center. This event launches an Ancient Ohio Summer, which will provide activities at the featured Ancient Ohio Trail sites. See the website for a complete list, which is also noted below. The Great Circle Earthworks is located on Rt. 79 in Heath, Ohio.

For more information, visit the AOT website Ancient Ohio Trail or contact the Newark Earthworks Center at 740.364.9584 or [email protected].

The Newark Earthworks Center is an official center of The Ohio State University.

 Ancient Ohio Summer events: May 5: Newark Earthworks Day, The Great Circle Earthworks, Newark, OH May 26 – 28: NAICCO PowWow (Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio), The Great Circle Earthworks, Newark, OH June 1 – July 30: Earthworks Photography Exhibit, LeFevre Art Gallery, Ohio State Newark June 9 – 10: Fort Ancient Celebration, Fort Ancient State Memorial, Oregonia, OH June 16, 1 – 4 p.m.: Newark AOT Walk: 7.5 mile walk beginning at Great Circle Earthworks including remnants of earthworks in town Weekly Events in Newark: Saturdays: June 2 August 25, 10 a.m. – noon: Saturday childrens activities at the Great Circle Sundays: June 3 August 26, 7 p.m. – dusk: family programs at the Octagon

Posted April 24, 2012
Topics: Archaeology

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