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Castle Pop-Up Tour to highlight Marietta mounds

The burial mound at Mound Cemetery in Marietta will be part of a tour of mounds in the River City to be led by Wes Clarke from The Castle. The tour is Oct. 17. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — An archaeologist at The Castle will lead a tour of the mounds in Marietta.

Wes Clarke will provide a detailed look at the mounds including Conus at Mound Cemetery, the Capitolium, Quadranaou and Sacra Via from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

The rain-or-shine event is part of The Castle’s 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.

More than 230 years later, there’s have a general idea of when these earthworks were created and how they were used, but many questions remain to be answered, he said.

The tour will include discussion of new information generated in recent years with modern research techniques.

The Marietta Mounds tour will begin at the Mound Cemetery, Fifth and Scammel streets, and will require transportation to the Capitolium, Quadranaou and Sacra Via sites.

Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are required in advance and will only be accepted by 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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