The Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) of The Ohio State University at Newark will host the annual meeting of the Ohio Archaeological Council (OAC) on Saturday, 1 November from 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center. Sessions will focus upon current research by members of the society as well as research on Hopewell sites. The event will culminate in the opening of an art exhibit entitled “Images of Earthworks” in the LeFevre Art Gallery at 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Bradley Lepper, a curator of archaeology at the Ohio Historical Society (OHS), and Jeff Gill, coordinator of volunteers for OHS will present “The Newark Holy Stones” in the afternoon. N’omi Greber, curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will speak on “Newark and High Bank: Different Valleys, Different Architects, Variations on a Theme.”
The art gallery exhibit will feature the work of eight contributors who have produced pictures of earthworks using a wide range of technologies, including LiDAR technology and ground penetrating radar, video and photography. Presenting in the exhibit are archaeologists Jarrod Burks (president-elect of the OAC) and William Romain (author of “Mysteries of the Hopewell,” Akron University Press, 1999); Professor John Hancock, director of the Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites, University of Cincinnati; David Barker; Timothy Black; Patricia Mason; and Alice Weston.
The Newark Earthworks Center works to foster research, teaching and public education about the Newark Earthworks and Native American history and life. Dr. Richard Shiels, director of the NEC, is pleased to offer these programs to the public. “At this very moment the Newark Earthworks are under consideration for World Heritage status with the United Nations and are also being studied by the National Park Service,” Shiels said. “There is great interest in the earthworks among the public at large.”