Great Circle Earthworks, Newark Earthworks
The Great Circle Earthworks was built by the Hopewell culture approximately 2,000 years ago. The circle is nearly 1,200 feet in diameter and was used as a vast ceremonial center by its builders.
The Great Circle is one part of the Newark Earthworks, 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.
Visitors to the Great Circle Museum are invited to watch an interactive video explaining the significance of the site and tour a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that includes a timeline of Ohio's ancient cultures and an explanation of why American Indians regard the Newark Earthworks as a sacred site. The exhibit also details how the earthworks align with the rising and setting of the moon. Following the museum tour, visitors can take self-guided tours of the grounds during daylight hours.
The Great Circle Earthworks are part of the Newark Earthworks consisting of the nearby Octagon Earthworks and Wright Earthworks. The Great Circle Museum is also the home of the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCCB). The LCCVB offers travel-related products and services to assist visitors in Licking County.
Newark Earthworks/Great Circle Earthworks
455 Hebron Road/State Route 79
The Great Circle
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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