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Newark in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Observatory Mound

 
 
The Observatory Mound Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
1. The Observatory Mound Marker
Inscription. The form of this mound is unique among all the known Hopewellian mounds. Some 19th century archaeologists thought that the builders had planned to extend a set of parallel walls from the circle, bu thene changed their minds and blocked off the stubs with a mound. Since the mid-19th century, this mound has been called the observatory because it overlooks the rest of the circle and octagon.

On July 4, 1836, members of the Calliopean Society of the Granville Literary and Theological Institution (now Denison University) investigated the observatory. In excavations on the soutwest and northeast portions of the mound, they found a layer of stone underlying the mound and a stone wall between the observatory and the wall of the circle. Although the records of this investigation are sketchy, they do suggest that the Hopewell people many have used stones either to mark the outline of their earthworks prior to building them or to form the core of the walls.
 
Location. 40° 3.038′ N, 82° 26.95′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker can be reached from Parkview Road. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Moundbuilders Country Club. It can be reached on a trail from the Moundbuilders Country Club parking lot. The trail is open
Marker location Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
2. Marker location
The Observatory Mound may be seen in the background.
to the public, though much of the rest of the grounds of the club are not. Marker is in this post office area: Newark OH 43055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Octagon Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Newark Earthworks (approx. 1.3 miles away); Great Circle Earthworks (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wright Earthworks (approx. 1.4 miles away); A. H. Heisey Glass (approx. 2.1 miles away); Veteran's Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); John L. Clem (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newark.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
The Observatory Mound Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
3. The Observatory Mound
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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