40 Foot Stone Mound South of Newark Was Ohio's Ancient Jewel Before it was Destroyed

40 Foot Stone Mound South of Newark Was Ohio's Ancient Jewel Before it was Destroyed


A wooden coffin was found at the bottom of the mound that contained a large skeleton. With this skeleton was found a wooden box that contained ancient Hebrew Script of the Ten Commandments. Since this evidence was contrary the Smithsonian's theory. The mound had to be destroyed.

THE Mound Builders' works are found in various parts of Licking township, the stone mound about a mile south of Jacksontown being of the greatest magnitude. It was of gigantic proportions, measuring one hundred and eighty-three feet in diameter at its base, and when found by the pioneer settlers, was between thirty and forty feet in height. Many hundred wagon loads of stone were removed from it, and used in the construction of the reservoir, in the cellar walls in the neighborhood, and in the villages along the National road, so that at present it will not probably average more than eight feet in height. A tolerably well preserved coffin, containing a skeleton, was found in it some years ago, with a quantity of beads and other trinkets. Other but less authenticated relics are often named in connection with this mound. The "decalogue stone" with some others require verification. This mound is situated on high ground, and was built of un-hammered stone of tolerably uniform size and very large. Hon. Isaac Smucker, who is well informed on the subject, says it was the largest stone mound of which he has any knowledge. Itis also the only one of its class in the township.