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World Heritage unaffected by U.S.’s planned UNESCO pullout

We want to share important information related to our efforts to add the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Licking County, Ross County and Warren County to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. As you may have heard, the State Department has confirmed that the U.S. plans to withdraw from UNESCO […]

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Ohio House and Senate Support World Heritage

The Ohio House and Senate passed identical resolutions supporting a UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks! Thanks to our state legislators for their enthusiastic support. House Concurrent Resolution 33 (passed 93-1 on 5/18/16): Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 (31-0 on 12/8/16):

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Steering Committee Expansion

April 2016: Nine new members have been added to the World Heritage Ohio Steering Committee this winter and spring: Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations, Ohio History Connection; Jamison Pack, Chief Marketing Officer, Ohio History Connection; Christine Ballengee-Morris, Director of Native American Studies, The Ohio State University; Tim Jordan, Site Manager, Flint Ridge Ancient […]

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Newark senator communicates support of Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in new resolution

On February 23rd, Senator Jay Hottinger of Newark introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 expressing the Ohio General Assembly’s support of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination. Sen. Bob Peterson, whose district includes Ross County, is a co-sponsor. The Resolution has been assigned to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on which Sen. Hottinger serves. Please note […]

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November 2015 – Moonrise at the Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio

You are invited to see the moon rise in alignment with the Octagon Earthworks. You have the opportunity to be one of few people who have experienced this event in many centuries. Join us on either of two evenings: Friday, November 27 or Saturday, November 28. Bring you family and friends. You will be the guest […]

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Lunar alignments at the Octagon

The moon follows an 18.6 year cycle.  The Newark Octagon, built two thousand years ago by ancestors of today’s American Indians, aligns with eight “standstill points” in the cycle of the moon. Those who built the Octagon understood that every month the place on the horizon where the moon first rises moves south for roughly […]

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Earthworks Open House in Newark focused on fall moon rises

Get ready. It’s the moon again. The moon is doing what it has always done, and the Newark Earthworks are doing what their builders intended 2,000 years ago. The Newark Octagon, built by ancestors of today’s American Indians, aligns with the 18.6 year cycle of the moon. The entire figure (an octagon with two parallel […]

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July 25, 2015 meeting on WHO Hopewell Earthworks

COSHOCTON — Ohio is home to the most spectacular concentration of ancient earthworks in the world. They are so complex and extensive that they have been nominated for World Heritage Status with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The United States already has 21 sites (the Grand Canyon, the California Redwoods, Yellowstone National […]

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Steering Committee celebrates successful UNESCO visit

The World Heritage Ohio Steering Committee met for its quarterly meeting on April 25, 2015 to discuss progress on Ohio’s three World Heritage nominations, specifically its Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks nomination. The committee celebrated a successful visit by George Papagiannis of UNESCO, who visited Cleveland and Columbus in mid-April. However, Papagiannis alerted the committee to a […]

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San Antonio Missions becomes 23rd World Heritage site in US

We at World Heritage Ohio congratulate the San Antonio Missions, which made history on Sunday, July 5 by becoming the 23rd UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States and the first in Texas. According to the UNESCO website, the San Antonio Missions “illustrate the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern […]

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