Newark Earthworks Center

Newark Earthworks

The Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) is an interdisciplinary academic center of the Ohio State University that develops projects and research about the American Indian cultures that produced the monumental Midwestern earthen architecture in order to advance the understanding of the cultural and scientific achievements of American Indians to the world. The NEC's projects emphasize American Indian knowledge of the earthworks landscape in the Ohio River Valley, from human settlement until the present.

Since 2008, the NEC has successfully initiated strategies to inform Ohio citizens about brilliant ancient Indigenous earthen architecture and contemporary American issues. The center supports tribal governments' self-determination and cultural sovereignty in their essential roles relating to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of pre-contact and historic Indigenous places within their ancestral lands. The NEC seeks to develop 
reciprocal, sustainable relationships between American Indian tribal governments and Ohio State University faculty staff, and students to identify research and project goals.

We have been fortunate enough to host several tribal governmental visits by the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Wyandotte Nation, as well as Native artists and writers, and faculty throughout our history.

The Newark Earthworks: Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings (edited by Dr. Lindsay Jones and Dr. Richard Shiels, University of Virginia Press, 2016) came from our first-ever symposium where leading scholars of ancient sites turned their expertise to the Newark Earthworks and demonstrates the NEC's commitment to bringing multidisciplinary perspectives to Ohio's narratives.

Newark Earthworks Center 
The Ohio State University at Newark
1179 University Drive
Newark, OH 43055

2055 A & B Founders Hall
Phone: 740-364-9574


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