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

The Observatory Mound

 
 
The Observatory Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceAnthropology & ArchaeologyMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1842.
 
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This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 40° 3.038′ N, 82° 26.95′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker can be reached from N 33rd Street near Parkview Road. 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 to the public, though much of the rest of the grounds of the club are not. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 N 33rd Street,, Newark OH 43055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Octagon Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Builders (approx. ¼ mile away); History of the Site (approx. ¼ mile away); The Circle (approx. ¼ mile away); The Newark Earthworks (approx. ¼ mile away); The Octagon (approx. ¼ mile away); Great Circle Earthworks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Earthen Architecture (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
More about this marker. The original marker, which was photographed in this post in March of 2009, seems to have been replaced with the one photographed in June of 2022. The text is identical, but the marker background and the marker's illustration have been changed.
 
The Observatory Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
2. The Observatory Mound Marker
The Observatory Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
3. The Observatory Mound Marker
Close-up view of the illustration on the marker showing the Octagon Earthwork being aligned precisely with the moon.
Marker location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
4. Marker location
The Observatory Mound may be seen in the background.
The Observatory Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
5. The Observatory Mound Marker
The Observatory Mound may be seen in the distant background.
The Observatory Mound image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 29, 2009
6. The Observatory Mound
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 978 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   5. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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