Pauketat: Newark Earthworks has important place in today's world

Great monuments and ceremonial sites do things to people in ways that we all need to understand. They provide experiences and shape our humanity. T...

December 5, 2022
3:10 AM

Great monuments and ceremonial sites do things to people in ways that we all need to understand. They provide experiences and shape our humanity. The biggest and most historically notable, such as the Newark Earthworks in central Ohio—are the birthplaces of historical periods and cultural legacies for large numbers of people. Certainly, descendant Tribal Nations treasure their cultural legacy as embodied in Newark—one of a kind in the world.In its scale and purpose, built mostly in the fourth century AD, the Indigenous earthworks and ceremonial grounds of the Hopewell-culture complex at Newark covered more than four square miles and featured five major walled geometric spaces, each enclosing 20 to 50 acres.

Timothy R. Pauketat