The Great Circle Earhworks - Newark, Ohio
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N 40° 02.510 W 082° 25.700
17T E 378150 N 4433377
Quick Description: The Great Circle Earthworks were built around 2000 years ago by the Hopewell people.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 1/12/2020 10:33:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM11YK4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
text: "The Great Circle Earthworks are one of the largest complex of geometric enclosures ever built. The Newark Earthworks situated on a high terrace between the South Fork of the Licking River and Racoon Creek, once covered more than four square miles. At present, only the Great Circle, the Octagon and Circle combination and a small portion of the square are preserved on public land."

"The Newark Earthworks were built around 2000 years ago by the people we now call Hopewell. Giant geometric Enclosures such as the Great Circle were centers for social, religious, and possibly economic interaction."

"Located in the center of the Great Circle is a series of small conjoined mounds, collectively referred to as Eagle Mound, which covers the remains of a large Hopewell house. It was not a dwelling, but rather an important social or religious gathering place."

"Excavations through the wall of the Great Circle indicate that it was built in three stages and that different colored soils were used in each stage. Originally, there was a low outer wall which surrounded the Great Circle. Two segments of this outer wall are preserved at the eastern end of the park where they converged into parallel walls leading to the square."
Group that erected the marker: unmarked

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Newark Earthworks
455 Hebron Rd.
Heath, Ohio US

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