Friday, January 10, 2014

How the Heck Could the Hopewell Have Done It?!

The Newark Earthworks spread across what Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis referred to as that "remarkable plain". Image courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeological Blog.
The Newark Earthworks spread across what Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis referred to as that "remarkable plain". Image courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeological Blog.
December 22, 2013.

Brad Lepper, of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeological Blog, has written an interesting post about the imcorporation of geographical features of Ohio's landscape into the design of the Newark Earthworks.

"the architects could have selected the appropriate design elements from the traditional repertoire of geometric shapes, worked out over the previous century and more, and laid them out upon that grid of alignments until they achieved their piece de resistance, a remarkable harmony of geometry, astronomy, landscape, and architecture of unprecedented size and uncanny sophistication creating, what I have called, a ceremonial machine."

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