Ohio hopes to win UNESCO World Heritage status for a prehistoric observatory near Columbus. Right now, it’s a golf course. But new video shows it sure doesn’t look like a typical country club. Take a drone tour of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks.
The Columbus Dispatch published this video of the earthworks, the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures in the world. It was built by Native Americans belonging to the Hopewell Culture about 2,000 years ago. According to the New York Times, the astronomical precision of the earthworks is as sophisticated as Stonehenge. It tracks the complicated cycle of risings and settings of the moon, which you can appreciate from the “observatory mound”.
But mind the divots.
The Mound Builders Country Club golf course has occupied the site for a century.
Most spectacular is the circle mound that surrounds the third hole.
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