The Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) is an interdisciplinary center that was created in December 2006. Within the past decade, the Newark Earthworks was named one of the 70 wonders of the ancient world and has been featured in numerous state and national publications, and at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Center has drawn visitors from Asia, Europe and across the country who travel to Newark to tour the site, study, teach, and learn.
The program is directed by Dr. Richard Shiels, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University at Newark, and Dr. Lucy Murphy, Oral History Project Director and Associate Professor of History. According to Dr. Murphy, the Center strives to "improve interest in developing collaborative research methods, designing projects, collecting and interpreting information in partnership with Native people." The Center plans to create ways to share that information with the general public, K-12 teachers, Native communities as well as students, staff and faculty at Ohio State Newark.
The NEC hosts Newark Earthworks Day, an annual event created to raise public awareness of the Octagon Moonrise. This natural occurrence happens when the moon rises to its northern-most position over the central axis of the geometric mounds (Earthworks) before moving southward again. Held on the Ohio State Newark campus, Newark Earthworks Day features Native people, archaeologists and others. Look for additional information regarding upcoming events hosted by the NEC, including courses, lectures, and teacher training.
To learn more about the Newark Earthworks Center or about Newark Earthworks Day, please visit: www.octagonmoonrise.org.