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Hopewell Moonset

Sunday and yesterday were two of the scheduled open houses at the Octagon of the Newark Earthworks. What that means is that the golf course on the site is closed and the folks of the Newark Earthworks Center put on tours for the public of the site. These are always interesting and fun—I always learn something new every time I go.

This was also a very interesting time, almost, to be there.

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Hopewell Moon

A rather special time regarding the moon is fast approaching. It is something called the Minor Lunar Standstill. The Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, within the Licking River valley are attuned to the lunar cycle, and that means some interesting opportunities are occurring as the moon aligns with Earthworks.

But I’m going to need to explain.

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The Ohio Ahistorical Society

Folks may remember from last summer (a year ago) that I had a bit of a dilemma deciding whether to renew my membership in the Ohio Historical Society. I’d been a member for 10 years, but they’d made a recent change.

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There are a number of places in Ohio where the rivers run “backwards”. I’ve written about Clear Creek and Salt Creek. Their current configurations came about when their original outlet was blocked by glaciers and they carved a new route in the other direction.

Blackhand Gorge, through which the Licking River flows, is another such location.

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A World Heritage Celebration

Yesterday evening there was a fine celebration in Newark, home of the Newark Earthworks, the remaining portion of a 2000-year old mound complex.

The occasion was a visit by members of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

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In Memory of Mato-Ska

We lost Mark Welsh Tuesday evening. I only knew him a short time, having met him when I participated in the A Walk with the Ancients back in 2009. But I had walked with him many times after that.

We will surely miss him.

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Octagon Open House

I’ve written before about the marvelous earthworks centered in Newark, Ohio. The Great Circle Mound is located just off Route 79 on the border with Heath, Ohio. And then there is the huge Octagon Earthworks a couple of miles to the northwest, currently occupied by a Country Club and golf course (but owned by the Ohio Historical Society).

Yesterday (and today, too!) was one of the four open houses that are conducted every year. These open houses are always extremely interesting and well worth going to.

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