As ICTMN reported last year, the 2,000-year-old Newark Earthworks is the largest geometric earthworks complex in the world, with approximately 12-foot-high, grass-covered earthen walls outlining huge circles and other forms. Arising gently from its surroundings, the place is both a massive modification of the landscape and a masterpiece of subtlety.
"Two thousand years ago, Native Americans built one of the most amazing monuments of antiquity in the place we now call Newark, Ohio," Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society, told ICTMN. "We know it today as separate parks — the Great Circle and the Octagon Earthworks, but originally it was a sprawling series of gigantic earthworks built in geometric shapes of remarkable precision and covering more than four-and-a-half square miles."
To help plan your trip to Newark to see the amazing earthworks in person, the Newark Earthworks Center has released a schedule of Spring and Summer activities its sponsoring, from site tours suitable for the whole family to more academic-minded discussions.
Here's what's planned so far:
Walk around the City of Newark
Jeff Gill will lead a walk identifying remnants of the earthworks within the city of Newark on Saturday, April 20, 9 AM to noon, beginning at the Great Circle Earthworks Museum.
World Heritage Lunch
Archaeologists Brad Lepper and Bret Ruby will discuss the “Comparative Analysis” portion of the World Heritage nomination at a Baker House lunch Monday, April 22. Join us, noon to 1:30.
Summer Day Camps
The Newark Earthworks Center is offering four one-week Day Camps at the Great Circle and Flint Ridge mid-June to mid-July.
Chief Glenna Wallace will bring two busloads of Shawnee people from Oklahoma to visit the earthworks in June. She has asked the Newark Earthworks Center to host a large public event featuring our Shawnee guests at the Great Circle on Monday, June 24, 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Details to follow as plans are completed.
For a video ("Unravelling Hopewell History") of a recent tour of the Octagan Earthworks led by Lepper, click here.