The Ohio State University at Newark


Newark Earthworks Center to Remain Open and Receive Funding for Next Two Years

The Newark Earthworks Center will not close at the end of June.

Newark, Ohio, June 2, 2015-William MacDonald, Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Newark, recently announced that the Newark Earthworks Center would be cut from the campus budget and closed as of July 1, 2015 due to budgetary concerns.newark/uploads/MPR-ssc/octagon-earthworks-newark_lr.jpg

However, thanks to support from Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmentz of The Ohio State University, MacDonald was pleased to announce just last week that the university’s Office of Academic Affairs has allocated funds to sustain the NEC for the next two years.

NEC leaders will have two years to secure long-term funding. In the interim, this newly allocated support from the highest level of the university constitutes a 45 percent decrease in the program’s annual budget.

The NEC was authorized by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees in December 2006. It is an interdisciplinary academic center that focuses upon ancient earthworks and the American Indian cultures that earthworks represent. Some of its many accomplishments include:

  • Support for new university classes in American Indian Studies, archaeology, art, English, history, geography and other departments.
  • An oral history project encompassing interviews with about 100 American Indians with ties to Ohio.
  • 70-mile Walk with the Ancients program from earthworks in Chillicothe to earthworks in Newark.
  • Publication of the first full-length book about the Newark Earthworks forthcoming, University of Virginia Press.
  • Hundreds of public lectures and events (59 in the summer of 2012 alone).
  • In partnership with the CERHAS at the University of Cincinnati, creation of a beautiful website with literally hundreds of educational videos about Ohio earthworks: www.ancientohiotrail.org.
  • In partnership with the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau, earthworks tours for more than 10,000 K-12 students over five years.
  • Coverage by media outlets such as Archaeology Magazine, Indian Country Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, as well as local publications such as the Columbus Dispatch.

Projects that have changed the state of Ohio significantly or promise to do so:

  • Inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list, which is likely to be accomplished in the next few years and would greatly enrich and expand appreciation for Ohio’s earthworks across the nation and around the world.
  • Tribal outreach that has brought federally recognized American Indians from across the nation to Ohio including many members of the tribes that were forcibly removed from Ohio in the 1830s.

"We have created something unique here which benefits our students, the community and the entire state of Ohio," said NEC Director Dr. Richard Shiels. "We are pleased to continue the work of the Newark Earthworks Center for two more years but we are actively looking for ongoing financial support."

Checks written to The Ohio State University at Newark should designate Fund 312400 (Newark Earthworks Center) and should be mailed to Matt Kelly, Director of Development, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. Donations may be made electronically at http://go.osu.edu/GiveNEC.