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

The Newark Earthworks

 
 
The Newark Earthworks Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
1. The Newark Earthworks Marker Text
Inscription. The Newark Earthworks is truly one of the most magnificent prehistoric Indian sites in the eastern United States. Covering an area two miles square, it once was the largest earthworks complex in Ohio. the main components of the site are the large circle (Moundbuilders State Memorial), a square enclosure (Wright State Memorial), and the octagon with connected circle (Octagon State Memorial). These features were originally connected by a series of earth walls. In addition, there were numerous burial mounds and smaller circular enclosures associated with the major earthworks. The circles may have been built over the sites of Council Houses were the Hopewell Indians, who built the complex some to thousand years ago, participated in social and religious observances.

This model is based on a map made by Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis who surveyed the mounds in 1847. Since that time, many of the original earthworks have been destroyed. Those portions that are preserved are represented by the burnished sections of the model.
 
Erected 1972 by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 40° 2.515′ N, 82° 25.699′ 
The Newark Earthworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
2. The Newark Earthworks Marker
W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker can be reached from Hebron Road (Ohio Route 79) north of Parkview Drive and Hopewell Drive. Touch for map. It is in the Moundbuilders State Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Newark OH 43055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Great Circle Earthworks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wright Earthworks (approx. half a mile away); Octagon Earthworks (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Observatory Mound (approx. 1.3 miles away); Veteran's Park (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
More about this marker. The marker is a circular brass plaque approximately four feet in diameter set into a low polished cement table in front of the Great Circle Earthworks Museum. It is a short walk from the parking lot of the memorial park.
 
Regarding The Newark Earthworks. The Newark Earthworks are a National Historic Landmark.
 
Also see . . .  Newark Earthworks Website. (Submitted on October 21, 2006.)
 
Additional keywords. Great Circle Earthworks
 
Categories. LandmarksMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
A View of the Map Shown on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
3. A View of the Map Shown on the Marker
A Small Portion of One of the Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 21, 2006
4. A Small Portion of One of the Earthworks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,671 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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