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Great Circle, Newark

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Great Circle Earthworks, formerly known as Moundbuilders State Memorial, was built by the Hopewell culture approximately 2000 years ago. The circle is nearly 1200 feet in diameter and was used as a vast ceremonial center by its builders.

The Great Circle is one part of the Newark Earthworks State Memorial, the largest system of connected geometric earthworks built anywhere in the world. Octagon Earthworks and Wright Earthworks are both additional local sites that preserve other features of this majestic remnant of prehistoric Ohio.

The park is open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The Museum is open M-F 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day on Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.
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  • Native Americans built this in ancient times as an astronomical device. The circle is quite large and takes up a lot of space in the town. Go on a nice day to see and take a walk. 
  • For those who are interested in viewing a small portion of how intelligent and architecturally wise the early Americans were. This is a small portion of a much larger complex stretching hundreds of mi...  read more »
  • The Great Circle and the Works museum are one of the few indicators left from what historians believe are the first civilization from the US - the Missippians, Hopewells, or collectively the Mound Bui...  read more »
  • Walking around and looking at the mounds really gets you wanting to learn more about why it's there and what it exactly it was used for. A great piece of semi-preserved history and a beautiful piece of land that's worth taking the 20 to 30 min walk around.
  • This place is without a doubt one of the highest spiritual places in the United States I personally believe very close in vicinity to the birthplace of the first man & first woman EDEN APR4U
  • An awe inspiring accomplishment from an ancient people often marginalized and denied a past. This is a true mark of the actual American past.
  • This is a must-visit for anyone remotely interested in history. Anything less than 5 stars is staggering to me. This is one of the most impressive existing examples of not only ancient history, but also of the history of Newark, as the town used the enclosure for festivals and other events. It's incredible to think that this extended to and included the current Moundbuilders Country Club, in addition to many more walls and paths. Truly remarkable, we're lucky to have it around.
  • Pokémon is the reason to be here come poke with me everyone! !!!
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