|Tour group on top of Observatory Mound. Golf Free Day at the Octagon Earthworks April 17, 2014.|
The public is invited to explore the Octagon Earthworks from sunrise to sunset on Sunday and Monday, April 12th and 13th. These are two of only four days each year that full access is allowed to the public. Additionally, The Ohio State University's Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) will host an open house at the Octagon Earthworks with family activities and guided tours of the site by the NEC’s director, Dick Shiels, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Octagon Earthworks is one of the most spectacular surviving remnants of the Newark Earthworks. The octagonal enclosure is large enough to contain four Roman Colosseums and is connected to a perfectly circular enclosure 1,054 feet in diameter. The architecture of the Octagon Earthworks encodes a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy. The Octagon State Memorial is part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks and is a National Historical landmark. It is also on track to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Group tours are also available,
preferably on Monday due to the large crowds expected on Sunday.
If you would like to book a group tour,
please contact us at 740.364.9584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future days of access to the site in 2015 will be: Tuesday, May 26th and Sunday, October 11th.
Take advantage of a rare opportunity
and come walk where generations of American Indians
have walked and experience this wonder of the ancient world!
We hope to see you there!
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