Newark Earthworks

Also known as: Mound Builders State Memorial, Octagon State Memorial, Wright
Roughly bounded by Union, 30th, James, and Waldo Sts., and OH 16, Newark, Ohio


Photo taken by Andrew Wood in August 2016



Newark Earthworks

The Newark Earthworks, located in Newark Ohio and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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This assemblage of prehistoric Hopewellian earthworks, notable for the precision of their layout and the size of their plan, stands as evidence of the amount of planning and effort which must have gone into the development of this complex, large-scale building program. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 19, 1964

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Area of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Ceremonial site; Graves/burials
Current functions
Museum; Park; Outdoor recreation
Periods of significance
499-0 BC; 499-0 AD
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 3
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2016: Updated by Andrew Wood: Updated status to National Landmark
  • August 20, 2016: New photos from Andrew Wood