WALK WHERE THE HOPEWELL WALKED: OPEN HOUSE AT OCTAGON EARTHWORKS SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2011


WALK WHERE THE HOPEWELL WALKED: OPEN HOUSE AT OCTAGON EARTHWORKS SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2011

The Ohio Historical Society, in conjunction with the Newark Earthworks Center at The Ohio State University at Newark and the Greater Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is hosting an open house at the Octagon Earthworks on Sunday October 16th. The entire site will be golf-free and open to visitors.
This is the final open house of 2011, so take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the magnificent earthworks in all their autumn splendor!

The Octagon Earthworks is a part of the Newark Earthworks, a complex that is 2,000 years old and at one time covered approximately four square miles. The Newark Earthworks is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and has been declared Ohios official prehistoric monument. Along with other Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the Newark Earthworks are on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Tentative List for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List!

Although much of this monumental earthwork complex has destroyed by more than a century of urban development, the most significant parts remaining are the Octagon, Great Circle and Wright earthworks. Together these three earthworks comprise the Newark Earthworks, one of more than 50 sites administered by the Ohio Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that serves as the states partner in preserving and interpreting Ohios history, natural history, archaeology and historic places.

The Newark Earthworks Center is an interdisciplinary academic center at The Ohio State University’s Newark Campus, which studies, teaches about and promotes appreciation for Ohio earthworks. Among other projects, the NEC provides school tours at the Great Circle and Flint Ridge and programming on public access days.

The mission of the Greater Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote tourism and attract visitors and conventions to Licking County.

For further details or to schedule a group or school tour, please call 740-344-1919 or 800-600-7178.

There are no public restroom facilities at the Octagon Earthworks. Admission is free for the open house.

Posted October 4, 2011
Topics: Archaeology

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