Drone Imagery Could Help Turn Ancient Native American Earthworks into a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Zacc Dukowitz
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Drone imagery may provide crucial evidence in a case historians are making to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, OH by making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The earthworks were built by Native Americans over 2,000 years ago as a way to measure the movements of the sun and moon.

They are currently located on a golf course at the Moundbuilders Country Club. The club has leased the land for over 100 years, and preserving the mounds is a priority to its owners and to club members—but people are still permitted to walk on them if they need to make a shot.

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Aerial images help us more fully appreciate the brilliance of what the Hopewell people made, letting us see the Octagon Earthworks in all their glory and showcasing the engineering know-how and sheer creativity of perspective required for their creation.

Read today's post to learn more about the Octagon Earthworks and the push to make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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