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

The Octagon

 
 
The Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
1. The Octagon Marker
View of the marker situated at the top of the observation platform.
Inscription.  Within the octagon are 8 flat-topped mounds positioned just inside the openings between wall segments. Each one is 6 feet high, 75 to 90 feet long, and 40 to 60 feet wide. The function of these mounds has not been determined. However, they may have been visual barriers, blocking the view from outside the octagon.
 
Erected by Ohio Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
 
Location. 40° 3.191′ N, 82° 26.786′ 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 St, 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. The Newark Earthworks (here, next to this marker); The Circle
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(here, next to this marker); History of the Site (here, next to this marker); The Builders (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 Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
2. The Octagon Marker
Close-up view of the diagram depicting overhead view of Octagon Earthwork that is featured on this marker.
The Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
3. The Octagon Marker
Close-up view of the illustration depicted on the featured marker. The illustration is that of one of the mounds situated in one of the Octagon Earthworks openings.
The Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
4. The Octagon 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 Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
5. The Octagon 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 Octagon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2022
6. The Octagon 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 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 16, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

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