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Serpent Mound State Memorial, Peebles

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4.4/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
The Great Serpent Mound is a 1348ft-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a plateau of the Serpent Mound crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio. Maintained within a park by the Ohio Historical Society, it has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of Interior. The Serpent Mound of Ohio was first reported from surveys by Ephraim Squire and Edwin Davis in their historic volume Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, published in 1848 by the newly founded Smithsonian Museum.Researchers have attributed construction of the mound to three different prehistoric indigenous cultures. Although it was once thought to be Adena in origin, now based on the use of more advanced technology, including carbon dating and evidence from 1996 studies, many scholars now believe that members of the Fort Ancient culture built it about 1070 CE (plus or minus 70 years). There are still anomalies to be studied. Serpent Mound is the largest serpent effigy in the world.DescriptionIncluding all three parts, the Serpent Mound extends about 1370ft, and varies in height from less than a foot to more than three feet . Conforming to the curve of the land on which it rests, with its head approaching a cliff above a stream, the serpent winds back and forth for more than eight hundred feet and seven coils, and ends in a triple-coiled tail. The serpent head has an open mouth extending around the east end of a 120ft-long hollow oval feature that may represent the snake eating an egg, though some scholars posit that the oval feature symbolizes the sun, the body of a frog, or merely the remnant of a platform. The effigy's extreme western feature is a triangular mound approximately 31.6ft at its base and long axis. There are serpent effigies in Scotland and Ontario that are very similar.
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  • This is in the middle of nowhere, but if your in the southern Ohio area you should stop by. Parking is $8. They have a tower you get go up to look down at the mound. Museum was closed the day i went, ...  read more »
  • The drive we took to the site from the east was fairly long and mostly isolated. It was very pretty in places, and there were many old abandoned buildings along the way, if you have an interest in tho...  read more »
  • This is a very cool place if you're looking for something unique and historical; however, don't plan on spending an entire day here as there is not much to see. It's a great place for picnics and ther...  read more »
  • Truly an Ohio gem. To think that the mounds were dated to 300 BCE is staggering. The park is well kept, quiet and peaceful. Nice gift shop. Parking is $8 per car, which is very reasonable for the experience.
  • This place is wonderful. It's very contemplative and amazing to observe. It's well taken care of, and the museum, although small, is pretty cool. And the gift shop is great. All in all, a real gem of Ohio, and well worth a stop.
  • Amazing! Very well-maintained, and I love the little museum--very informational video. Make sure to go to the museum so the mounds will have some historical context! I learned a lot.
  • A very unique place to stop, not much to see if you don't have any interest in Native American history, or don't watch Ancient Aliens, but if you enjoy either of those things it's definitely worth it. Great little museum, and a nice paved path to walk around the mound. There are also some fantastic views off the lookout points along the path.
  • Lots of great views of Ohio's most beautiful landscapes, for the summer solstice and etc. Mounds preserved from as early as 100 AD.
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