Posted July 16, 2012
Upcoming Presentation: “The Newark Earthworks: A Wonder of the Ancient World”
On Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., a presentation entitled “The Newark Earthworks: A Wonder of the Ancient World” will be given by Bradley T. Lepper, Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society. It will be held at the Photography Center in Secor Metropark.
This special program will be the last event held in conjunction with “The Ancient Ohio Landscape” photographic exhibit which is currently being held at the National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey, Ohio. The exhibit is presented as part of the “Ancient Ohio Travel Summer Events” which was coordinated and supported by the Ohio State University Newark Earthworks Center with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Further support for the photo exhibit was made possible by the Anderson’s, Inc.
This presentation is co-sponsored by the Toledo Area Aborigial Research Society and the Toledo Area Metroparks. It is free and open to the public.
The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric enclosures and mounds in the world. The work of the Hopewell culture, between 100 B.C. and A.D. 400, these geometric earthworks cover nearly five square miles, using more than seven million cubic feet of earth. Why did the Hopewell build such monumental works? Were they prehistoric forts or ancient American cathedrals? Perhaps Dr. Lepper can answer some of these questions.
Dr. Lepper earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. His primary areas of interest include the Ice Age peoples of North America, Ohio’s magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of North American archaeology. Dr. Lepper has written extensively on these subjects for both technical journals and magazines intended for a general audience. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio’s ancient American Indian cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press. He also writes a bi-weekly column on archaeology for the Columbus Dispatch.
For more information, contact Kathi @419-893-4213 or Karen Pugh @419-407-9773