It was utterly disgusting to finally have the opportunity to tour the Newark Earthworks which I had been trying to squeeze into my schedule for many years. However, a shopping trip to the Longaberger Basket complex outside of Newark, Ohio provided the opportunity I had been reading about in archaeology books for years. I had read that the complex was mostly destroyed by housing developments, but I wasn’t sure how much or to what extent. I assumed that I would be visiting a site that was as well-preserved as Serpent Mound, Ohio was—but that was far from the case.
The Newark Earthworks are likely some of the most important gazes into the distant past of an advanced culture that had a vast empire centered in the Ohio Valley during the long Archaic Period—predating the Adena and Hopewell Indians. Likely it was those better known tribes who occupied structures like the Newark complex and built their own societies and mythologies around what came before them. Also likely was the fact that many of these Archaic Period empire inhabitants were extremely tall people—as lofty in stature as a typical NBA basketball player is today—and in many cases taller.
They built at Newark a vast complex that was many miles in circumference that has similar mathematical formulas incorporated into it as the Egyptian pyramids of Giza—so there is something deeply interesting at the Newark site. Also at the site were found among the many relics Phoenician writing—at least pre-Hebrew in origin which indicates that there was at a bare minimum trade with the Middle East at a time well before the Hopewell Indians knew how to put on a bear costume and do a dance around a fire to invoke the joy of the spirits making noises of nonsense.
So I visited the site and was astonished at what I saw. If I did not have a very good idea of politics and how the internal workings of zoning operated, I might only be disappointed at what I found at Newark. But as I traveled the burnt out neighborhoods that were built recklessly, and intentionally between the present day Newark state park and the golf course which now incorporates one of the most significant archaeological sites on planet earth—I saw the evidence of a deliberate destruction of this American pre-history by the social hierarchy of the towns Heath and Newark. Likely the first issue they had with the site was that it challenged their religious premise of European Christian superiority and rival religion desecration was their motive in the destruction of the Newark Earthworks. Even worse was the desire to suppress the large bones of a tall people who wrote messages in an ancient text predating the Bible that caused them to zone the property in a way that allowed for the construction of entire neighborhoods on top of the extremely significant archaeological site to destroy forever the evidence that of a culture in America which actually had more technical savvy than the present one migrating westward.
The Newark Earthworks in Newark and Heath, Ohio, consists of three sections of preserved earthworks: the Great Circle Earthworks, the Octagon Earthworks, and the Wright Earthworks. This complex contained the largest earthen enclosures in the world, being about 3,000 acres in extent. Today, the site itself covers 206 acres. The site is preserved as a state park by the Ohio Historical Society. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark. In 2006, Newark Earthworks was also designated as the “official prehistoric monument of the State of Ohio.”
In addition, this is part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, one of 14 sites nominated in January 2008 by the U.S. Department of the Interior for potential submission by the United States to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 1982 researchers from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana concluded that the complex was a lunar observatory, designed to track motions of the moon, including the northernmost point of the 18.6-year cycle of the lunar orbit. The moon then rises within one-half of a degree of the octagon’s exact center. The earthwork is twice as precise as the complex at Stonehenge (assuming Stonehenge is an observatory, which is a disputed theory).
From 1892 to 1908, the state of Ohio used the Octagon Earthworks as a militia encampment. Immediately after this, the Newark Board of Trade owned the property, until 1918. In 1910, they leased the property to Mound Builders Country Club (MBCC), which developed the site as a golf course. As a result of a Licking County Common Pleas Court case, a trustee was named to manage the property from 1918 to 1933.
In 1997 the Ohio Historical Society signed a lease until 2078 with the country club. MBCC maintains, secures, and provides some public access to the land. Some citizens believe the country club is an inappropriate use of the sacred site. There has been increasing public interest in the earthworks. Activists have pressed for more public access to the site to witness the moonrise, whose observance was planned in the construction by the original native builders.
Observatory Mound, Observatory Circle, and the interconnected Octagon span nearly 3,000 feet (910 m) in length.
After seeing the condition of the Newark site I threw up my hands in frustration after trying to trace the vast avenue connecting the Great Circle Earthworks and the Octagon Earthworks through a neighborhood filled with despots and broken down welfare recipients. The condition of the people in that neighborhood was just that above the station of homeless people—and it looked to me to be done on purpose by the management of the community’s construction. My wife and I planned to find the Alligator Mound nearby but after seeing on Google Earth how a neighborhood had been built around it too—we just left and went to her shopping excursion. I was angry and done with the place. It was obvious to me what happened and it made me sick.
Outside the parameter of the Great Circle Earthworks, which is a magnificent structure of its own, is a carved statue of a shaman dressed in a bear costume—supposedly created after a Hopewell artifact found at the site as if to declare that the shaman was the master of ceremonies at the Newark site. That was revisionist history at its finest as that shaman likely had no direct connection to the construction of the site. He was obviously a second-hander to the Newark Earthworks just as the people who built the golf course on top of the Octagon portion were. The golf course builders just wanted to show they had a superior culture to the previous race so they built on top the previous culture’s “holy” spot—much the way Islamic radicals like to build mosques over the former temples of their enemies—to desecrate the memory. The archaeology that proved who actually built the Newark Earthworks was destroyed—on purpose by the building of those neighborhoods and RT 79 right though the middle of the Newark site. I have never seen a more obvious attempt at revisionist history than the Newark complex. The decisions by city leaders at the time were obvious—to erase the traces of an advanced culture because they needed to believe that the cultures inhabiting America were savages and not in competition to their own religions—or intellect. In much the same way that modern progressives use racism to perpetuate social change, the destroyers of the Newark site needed to believe that the makers of the Earthworks were savages—and not a rival empire who had technological knowledge well ahead of European conquest—including trade with the East and West thousands of years before Columbus ever sailed across the Atlantic.
Looking at the towns of Heath and Newark from the air there is plenty of land to the east and west of the Newark Earthworks location—even to the south. There was absolutely no reason to build so many developments around the well-documented ruins of the Newark Earthworks. But what happened was that pre-Hebrew writing was turning up at the site so city leaders zoned the area for construction to erase it from memory—which is what they did. What remains today is a slum from the Great Circle Earthworks to the Octagon. The relics from the Archaic Period have been destroyed and wiped away forever—and the reason was deliberate desecration through zoning and religious fanaticism. Absolutely pathetic—the intent was to conceal the truth—that a rival race of large people who had knowledge that Americans wouldn’t reach until halfway through the twentieth century about some things—and still are unraveling the mysteries of others. The people from the Archaic Period already knew much about the cosmos and the way gravity worked through points on earth—and for leaders insecure about their place in the world—they couldn’t have that knowledge getting out—so they erased it out of spite and insecurity. The Newark Earthworks were erased through “progress” just as the modern progressive hopes to do the same with the American Constitution. The desecration and methods of achievement are one and the same.