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The Wright Earthworks

photo of the Wright Earthworks Part of Newark Earthworks State Memorial, this 50-foot long segment is one side of a large square enclosure that was an important feature of the original complex. The geometrical enclosures found at Newark were used by the Hopewell Indians (100 BC-AD 500) for social and religious purposes. Octagon Earthworks and The Great Circle Earthworks (formerly known as Moundbuilders State Memorial) are both additional local sites that preserve other features of this majestic remnant of prehistoric Ohio.

Although the expansion of the city of Newark has obliterated large portions of the mounds and walls of the original earthworks, important sections are preserved.

NOW OPEN: The Great Circle Earthworks Museum in Heath is now open to the public after extensive renovations. Visitors to the Great Circle Museum are invited to watch an interactive video explaining the significance of the site and tour a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that includes a timeline of Ohio's ancient cultures and an explanation of why American Indians regard the Newark Earthworks as a sacred site. The exhibit also details how the earthworks align with the rising and setting of the moon. Following the museum tour, visitors can take self-guided tours of the grounds during daylight hours. The Great Circle Earthworks are part of the Newark Earthworks consisting of the nearby Octagon Earthworks and Wright Earthworks. The Great Circle Museum is also the new home of the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCCVB). The LCCVB offers travel-related products and services to assist visitors in Licking County. For more information, call 800.589.8224 or visit www.lccvb.com


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Open All Year Daylight Hours


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Park Admission for all visitors is: FREE


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Location


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Wright Earthworks is located less than a city block west of the State Route 79 intersection at Grant Street in Newark, in Licking County. The earthwork remnant may be viewed from James Street, a short distance from Grant Street and the State Route 79 interchange.


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Wright Earthworks
c/o Ohio Historical Society
800 E 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211

Phone:
614.297.2653
800.840.6127 (toll free)

Site Manager:
E. Bartlett


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