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Launching of Ancient Ohio Trail: dynamic guide to Ohio’s history and culture

Wednesday, April 25, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

March 23, 2012- Newark, OH- Be among the first to explore the Ancient Ohio Trail, a dynamic, web-based guide to Ohio’s earthworks! Bring your smart phones and curiosity to the Great Circle at Newark Earthworks State Memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. The keynote speaker, Gerard Baker, Ph.D., is the first American Indian (Mandan-Hidatsa) to serve as superintendent of a National Park, and will help to launch the Ancient Ohio Trail. The day’s events are free and open to the public.

The Ancient Ohio Trail focuses on the distinguished Native American heritage across Ohio and traces early settlement in the region. Travelers –whether virtual or on location- will gain rewarding insights from visits to the ancient earthworks, and will discover Ohio’s historic towns, scenic roads, and many distinctive cultural, artistic, and tourist amenities. It combines detailed site tours with vivid, computer-generated animations and downloadable media that allow viewers to experience the full scope, beauty, and precision of these monuments.

The Ancient Ohio Trail is a project of the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historic and Archaeological Sites (CERHAS), and was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Richard Shiels, Ph.D., director of the NEC and associate professor of history at The Ohio State University at Newark and John Hancock, Ph.D., director of CERHAS and professor of architectural history at University of Cincinnati led the project; Hancock will present an overview of the Ancient Ohio Trail.

Staff from CERHAS and volunteers will be on hand to assist guests with the technology. In addition to learning about the Ancient Ohio Trail, attendees will enjoy atlatl, a polo demonstration, displays, and an open house in the Licking County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Visitor Center.

This event launches an "Ancient Ohio Summer,” which will provide activities at the featured Ancient Ohio Trail sites. See the website for a complete list, which is also noted below.

Newark Earthworks State Memorial is located on Rt. 79 in Heath, Ohio.

For more information, visit the AOT website:, or contact the Newark Earthworks Center at 740.364.9584or

The Newark Earthworks Center is an official center of The Ohio State University.

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