We will be meeting in room 090/070 in the 18th Avenue Library.
Date: 11/05/14 - 6:30pm
The Amazing Newark Earthworks -- A Wonder of the Ancient World
The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric enclosures and mounds in the world. Built by the Hopewell culture, an ancient American Indian people who lived in southern Ohio between about 100 B.C.E. and 400 C.E., these geometric earthworks covered nearly five square miles and used more than seven million cubic feet of earth in their construction. The monumental earthworks incorporate a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy into their design, yet they were built by a society without kings or even chiefs, without a concentrated urban population, and with no sustained commitment to agriculture. They also didn’t get any help from Egyptians, Hebrews, or space aliens.
About our speaker:
Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio History Connection
Brad Lepper is the Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio's ancient American Indian cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press, which received the Society for American Archaeology's Public Audience Book Award in 2007. He writes a monthly column on Archaeology for the Columbus Dispatch.
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