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

The Builders

 
 
The Builders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
1. The Builders Marker
View of the marker situated at the top of the observation platform.
Inscription.  The Newark Earthworks complex was built by the prehistoric Hopewell Indians who occupied central and southern Ohio between approximately 100 B.C. and A.D. 500. These people, supporting themselves by hunting, gathering wild plant foods, and growing some crops, built geometric and hilltop enclosures in the major river valleys of southern Ohio. While none of these sites have been completely investigated by archaeologists, they apparently were used for a variety of social, political, and ceremonial activities.

In addition to being skilled engineers and builders, the Hopewell Indians were also accomplished artisans. Using copper, mica, obsidian, and other raw materials imported from sources hundreds of miles away - as well as native Ohio stone and flint - craftspeople fashioned exquisite craved stone pipes, ornaments, and objects that probably served as status symbols. Some of these items are displayed at the museum in Moundbuilders Park.
 
Erected by Ohio Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology
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Location. 40° 3.19′ N, 82° 26.788′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on N 33rd Street near Parkview Road. This marker is located at the Moundbuilders Country Club, on a raised wooden observation platform, that is situated between the parking lot on the north side of the Moundbuilders Country Club, and the earthworks of the Octagon Mound complex. 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 marker, measured as the crow flies. History of the Site (here, next to this marker); The Newark Earthworks (here, next to this marker); The Octagon (here, next to this marker); The Circle (here, next to this marker); Octagon Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Observatory Mound (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.
 
The Builders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
2. The Builders Marker
View of the observation platform that the marker is situated on. Note the Moundbuilders earthwork that is situated along the base of the observation platform.
The Builders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
3. The Builders Marker
View of the Octagon Earthworks marker in the foreground, with a distant view of the observation platform, that this marker is located on, in the background.
The Builders Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
4. The Builders Marker
View of the landscape, and the Octagon Earthworks, as seen from the top of the observation platform.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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