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Archaeologist Wes Clarke to provide tours of mounds

Wes Clarke, archaeologist at The Castle will provide a detailed look at the Marietta Mounds including Conus at Mound Cemetery, the Capitolium, Quadranaou and Sacra Via Saturday, Oct. 17 from noon-2 p.m. and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The rain or shine event is part of The Castle’s successful Pop-Up Tours.

“When the first American settlers arrived at the juncture of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, they observed an extensive and intriguing complex of earthen walls and mounds, leading to much speculation about how old they were, who built them, and to what purpose they were created,” said Clarke. He added, “Over 230 years later, we have a general idea of when these earthworks were created and how they were used, even as many questions remain to be answered.”

Join Castle archaeologist Wes Clarke for a complete look at these prehistoric remains, including significant new information that has been generated in recent years with modern research techniques.

The Marietta Mounds tour will begin at the Mound Cemetery, located at 5th and Scammel Streets in Marietta and will require transportation to the Capitolium, Quadranaou, and Sacra Via sites.

The cost-per-person is $10.

Reservations are required in advance and will only be accepted via online registration or over the phone payment by calling 740-373-4180. On-site and cash payments will not be accepted.

The Castle follows all CDC and Ohio Department of Health Guidelines. Masks are required and 6 feet social distancing is mandatory between unfamiliar groups or persons.

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