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The Ceremonial Landscape of the Newark Earthworks and the Raccoon Creek Valley <i>Bradley T. Lepper</i>

Bradley T. Lepper

in Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034553
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034553.003.0005
The Ceremonial Landscape of the Newark Earthworks and the Raccoon Creek Valley Bradley T. Lepper

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This chapter situates the Newark Earthworks, probably the most complex of known Ohio Hopewellian works, within the larger framework of the Raccoon Valley and shows that understanding the former requires appreciation of the complexity of the overall history of earthwork construction. As per an archaeological perspective, it is a ceremonial landscape but evidence is available to show that habitation sites were present throughout the area in close proximity to the earthworks. The chapter outlines the archaeology of the Newark Earthworks as well as the Raccoon Creek Valley. The chapter also tries to depict the Newark Earthworks as a ritual machine and even as a pilgrimage centre.

Keywords: earthworks; eastern North America; Newark Earthworks; Ohio Hopewellian works; pilgrimage centre; Raccoon Valley

Chapter.  12337 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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