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Serpent Mound State Memorial, Peebles
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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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  • Serpent Mound is the largest ancient earthwork in the world. It is a ways out in the country from any major city, but close to some small towns and Amish country. It would be of interest to anyone int...  more »
  • We stopped at Serpent Mound on a beautiful Sunday afternoon the day before Halloween. I live 2 hours away and I'm ashamed to say this was my first visit. Serpent Mound is an amazing ancient effigy mou...  more »
  • We made a detour to see this site as I had always wanted to stop here, but it is not near to anything. We were heading down I75 from Indiana to Oak Ridge TN, so stopped here in the afternoon and staye...  more »
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  • Nice place to have a picnic with family. Nice museum and gift shop. Worth the trip to see it at least once in a lifetime. History not yet understood and possibly never will. Like many of the other earthworks in this area. More mystery then answers. And now geologist are saying that these are older then previously thought. Who built this and why. Monument or sign to the gods?
  • Please prepare yourself against mosquitos if you visit this site. I came away covered with bites on my lower arms because they were exposed. Site management states that they know there is standing water in the area, and that they do not spray for mosquitos in that county because they provide food for other wildlife in the area. I didn't have any mosuito problems in the other parts of Ohio or Kentucky that I visited. Other than that, it is an interesting site. The Serpent Mound is easy to get to from the car, and the walk around it is not difficult. The overlook is a disappointment because the area below is overgrown so there is no view. We arrived after hours for the gift shop and history center. There are decent bathroom facilities across the parking lot from the mound. Parking is $8 per car, and you are expected to pay even if the center is closed, so bring cash.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The mounds are gorgeous and it's location is set out in beautiful rural Ohio. For someone that likes to keep things short, this destination will not bore them