Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Newark Earthworks Center Receives Scenic Ohio Award!

Newark Earthworks Center Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith and
 former director Dick Shiels receive the 2016 Scenic Ohio Award.

The Newark Earthworks Center is proud to announce it is one of six organizations to
receive a 2016 Scenic Ohio Award in recognition of their collective work to preserve
earthworks sites in Ohio. These earthworks sites are the Newark Earthworks,
Great Serpent Mound, Fort Ancient and Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. The 2016
Scenic Ohio Award recipients also include National Park Service, Ohio History
Connection, Dayton Society of Natural History, Arc of Appalachia
and Explore Licking County.

The Scenic Ohio Awards recognize community organizations, government agencies, 
and individuals who have improved, conserved, protected and enhanced
Ohio's scenic resources.

Ohio's role as an integral cultural crossroads throughout history is exemplified by unique American Indian earthworks. Ohio has two current American Indian World Heritage
nominations, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks and Serpent Mound. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks consists of three major sites from across Ohio: the Newark
Earthworks, Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, and Fort Ancient State Memorial.
All were constructed during the Hopewell Cultural period 2,000 years ago (100  B.C. - 400 AD)
and are noted for their geometrical precision and enormous scale. At a quarter of a
mile long, Serpent Mound is the largest documented surviving example of an
ancient effigy mound in the world. 

Ohio's earthworks are poised to join such cultural icons as the Pyramids of Giza,
the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and the Acropolis as World Heritage Sites through
the nomination process of UNESCO. The World Heritage Program was established to
recognize and encourage the protection of the world's most important cultural and natural treasures. Over 1,000 sites have been inscribed; only 23 of them in the United States.

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