2012-03-31 / News

Ancient Ohio Trail to be launched

NEWARK – Be among the first to explore the Ancient Ohio Trail, a dynamic, web- based guide to Ohio’s earthworks!

Bring your smart phones and curiosity to the Great Circle at Newark Earthworks State Memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. A Native ceremony, which will include national, regional, and local participants, will launch the Ancient Ohio Trail. The keynote speaker, Gerard Baker, Ph.D., is the first American Indian (Mandan-Hidatsa) to serve as superintendent of a National Park. The day’s events are free and open to the public.

The Ancient Ohio Trail focuses on the distinguished Native American heritage across Ohio and traces early settlement in the region. Travelers - whether virtual or on location - will gain rewarding insights from visits to the ancient earthworks, and will discover Ohio’s historic towns, scenic roads, and many distinctive cultural, artistic, and tourist amenities. It combines detailed site tours with vivid, computer-generated animations and downloadable media that allow viewers to experience the full scope, beauty, and precision of these monuments.

The Ancient Ohio Trail is a project of the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historic and Archaeological Sites (CERHAS), and was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Richard Shiels, Ph.D., director of the NEC and associate professor of history at The Ohio State University at Newark and Professor John Hancock, architectural historian and director of CERHAS at the University of Cincinnati led the project; Hancock will present an overview of the Ancient Ohio Trail.

This event launches an “Ancient Ohio Summer,” which will provide activities at the featured Ancient Ohio Trail sites. Visit www.AncientOhioTrail.org for a complete list.

Newark Earthworks State Memorial is located on Ohio 79 in Heath. It is an official center of The Ohio State University.

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