Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Archaeoastronomy of the Newark Earthworks

Moonrise on December 16, 2005 viewed from the entrance to the parallel-walled passageway leading into Newark’s Octagon. The Moon is rising at just about its northernmost point on the eastern horizon in almost perfect alignment with the axis of the earthwork.Image courtesy of Michael Mickelson.
Moonrise on December 16, 2005 viewed from the entrance to the parallel-walled passageway leading into Newark’s Octagon.
The Moon is rising at just about its northernmost point on the eastern horizon in almost perfect alignment with the axis of the earthwork.
Image courtesy of Michael Mickelson.
December 22, 2013.
Brad Lepper, of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeological Blog, has written a reflective post about the obscurity of Ray Hively and Robert Horn's archaeoastronomical work of the Newark Earthworks and its implications for the site and research of Ohio Native peoples. 

"If Hively and Horn are even close to being right, then Ohio’s Hopewell societies must have had their own noted astronomers. And I’m convinced the Newark Earthworks drew pilgrims from the ends of the Hopewell world."

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