Learning about Ohio’s Earthworks

The Logan County Land Trust and the Logan County Historical Society host an evening presentation on Ohio Archaeology.  The presentation takes place Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the Logan County Historical Society, 521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine.

The evening begins with a meet and greet at 6 p.m.  Dr. Jarrod Burks, president of the Heartlands Earthworks Conservancy, will present at 6:30 p.m. His presentation is entitled “Advancing the Preservation of Ancient Earthworks in Southern Ohio.”

A profusion of mysterious earth enclosures is clustered in southern Ohio.  Two thousand years ago, southern Ohio was the center of a highly sophisticated culture whose leaders had an amazing command of mathematics and astronomy.  During a golden age of cultural development that lasted hundreds of years, great numbers of Native Americans from far and wide gathered in peace here to build enormous ceremonial complexes.  Many of these sacred sites are remarkably precise in their geometry, and have alignments to the solstices and the complicated movements of the moon.

These sacred complexes remained respected places among later cultures of Native Americans for two millennia.  Unfortunately, many of these ancient earthworks have been nearly erased by modern development.  Although many embankment walls once stood over ten feet and extended for miles, most are now only barely visible to the unaided eye.

Advances in technology allow archaeologists to detect the foundations of these structures underground without excavating.  Today’s no-till farming practices rarely do further harm to earthworks.  Whereas development and construction destroy the foundations of the largest earthworks.

Dr. Burks will also comment on the Mission of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy and the measures that can be taken to preserve them.

The evening is another community, educational program co-sponsored by the Logan County Land Trust and the Logan County Historical Society.

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