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

Pathway to Ancestors

— The Ancient Ohio Trail —

 
 
Pathway to Ancestors Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2022
1. Pathway to Ancestors Marker
Inscription.  
Earthen Avenues Connect the Earthworks to One Another and to the Surrounding Streams
This earthen wall is part of a set of converging walls that once channeled the movement of people from the Great Circle into an avenue enclosed by parallel walls. This avenue led to a large square earthwork, located to the northeast. The Wright Earthworks preserves a small remnant of this square.

Beyond the square, another set of parallel walls led to a large oval earthwork in which there were a number of large and small burial mounds. All of these mounds were destroyed before they could be studied by archaeologists, but it is clear that they held many amazing artifacts similar to those found at other Hopewell culture mounds.

The Shaman of Newark
The only artifact that you can see today that is known with certainty to have come from these mounds is a small stone sculpture of a person, possibly a shaman, wearing bear regalia. Is this a representation of a prominent person, a hero from a traditional story, or a spiritual being?
 
Erected by Ohio Historical Society.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
 
Location. 40° 2.563′ N, 82° 25.709′ W. Marker is in Heath, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on Hebron Road (Route 79) near Parkview Drive and Hopewell Drive. This marker is situated in the Newark Earthworks Park, along the main walking path that runs from the secondary parking lot located off of Cooper Avenue, to the Great Circle Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 455 Hebron Rd, Heath OH 43056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Circle Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); The Newark Earthworks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earthen Architecture (about 300 feet away); Pathway to Preservation (about 400 feet away); Was this a fort? (about 400 feet away); Monumental Works of Earth (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Great Circle Earthworks (about 700 feet away); What's Missing? (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Heath.
 
Pathway to Ancestors Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, June 9, 2022
2. Pathway to Ancestors Marker
Distant view of the marker situated along one of the modern day Newark Earthwork's walkways, with a distant view of the opening to the Circle Mound in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2022, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 13, 2024