Octagon Earthworks is one of the most significant surviving remnants of the Newark Earthworks – the largest set of geometric earthworks in the world! The gigantic circle and octagon is an American Stonehenge with its many gateways and walls aligning to the rising and setting of the moon.
Since the site is leased by Moundbuilders County Club, usually much of the grounds is not accessible to visitors for safety reasons. On Open House dates, however, the entire site is open for your enjoyment.
Guided tours of the grounds will be offered at 12:15 and 4:00 PM.
Dr. Michael Mickelson of Denison University will be giving a presentation on the “Archaeoastronomy of some ancient Ohio earthworks” at 2:00 PM.
Mark Welsh, of the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO), will be telling Native American stories at 3:00 PM and Carol Welsh, the Director of NAICCO, will have a display of corn husk dolls and a hands-on activity for kids of all ages beginning at 1:00 PM.
In addition, there will be flintknapping demonstrations and other activities for kids.
For more information, including directions to the site, go to http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/places/c08/octagon.shtml