Truly a site to behold, the Great Serpent Mound in southwest Ohio is the worlds largest serpentine effigy mound yet discovered. Writhing in a seemingly effortless way, the mound winds through trees on a cliff overlooking the Brush Creek valley of Adams County.
The Great Serpent Mound of southwest Ohio averages about 1330 feet in
length and 3 feet in height.
Representing an unwinding serpent, the mound is sheathed in mystery and
controversy. The serpent is thought by most to be about to swallow an egg.
However many theories abound suggesting various interpretations. For
instance some think it may represent an eclipse.
The mysteries don’t stop there. The very ground where the mound rests is
also of interest to archeology. Seemingly full of cave-like or hollow
structures, it is thought that perhaps there may be more to this serpent
Conical mounds found nearby contained
burials and implements that are characteristic of the prehistoric Adena
people (800 BC-AD 100). Due to very acidic soil and predominant rainfall,
many cave like structures reside underground. It is presumed that the Adena
people may have resided in the caves. If true, there could be a treasure
trove of artifacts waiting to be discovered.
In 1933 W.H. Bucher published an account of the
area calling it a cryptovolcanic structure. Bucher saw similarities in the
land forms at the Serpent Mound to barely recognizable volcanic upheavals in
Germany. However, no volcanic materials have been found there.
In 1947 R.D. Dietz in Science magazine suggested
that a better name to describe the land features was "cryptoexplosion"—the
folded and faulted beds of landforms from different geologic eras exposed
from the impact of meteors.
is a great appeal to Dietz' theory even if the geology does not completely
support it; there is no meteoric metal here.
There are serious suggestions that the serpent is
intimately connected with the heavens. Several writers have suggested that
the serpent is a model of the constellation we call the Little Dipper, its
tail coiled about the north star. It is tempting to believe that the Indians
knew of the meteor's explosion into the earth, and they built the mound to
honor that event.
Bucher's theory suggests a different tern of
events. The explosion came from within the earth from the incredible
pressure of accumulated but repressed energies, trapped, blocked, but
finally exploding upward as gas forcing its way to be released through the
body of the earth toward the sky above. If there was ever a collective
earth–memory recognizing the release of what the Hindus call Kundalini, this
[excerpt and article information from Monumental
Fictions by Joe Napora]
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News of the Strange
A strange design found in a soybean
field across from the entrance to the Serpent Mound on State Route 73 near
Locust Grove remains under investigation. The design was found on the
property of Molly Williams, a resident of Dayton.
Douglas McIlwain, president of the American Society of
Dowsers, reported abnormality in the field. "I believe the design is
pointing towards Serpent Mound, either to the head or tail of the effigy,"
Wilson, McIlwain and Roger Sugden, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., analyzed the field,
taking with them crop and soil samples.
The findings have not been returned.
However, they did note that there were no tracks leading to the marking.
The design consists of several markings. The smaller circles on the sides of
the design measure 12' in diameter with the larger bottom circle measuring
16'. The total design measures 300' in diameter.
This isn't the first questionable event in the county.
It was reported in The People's Defender that on the evening of Oct. 17,
1973, three Adams County deputies and one West Union Police officer
encountered an unusual object in the sky on Chaparral Road in West Union and
later hovering between State Route 41 and 125 near
Panhandle. The men described the object as having pulsating red, green, blue
and white lights and claimed it would "zig-zag in a very tight circle"
throughout the sky. Highland, Ross and Scioto County deputies also reported
seeing the object.
In relation to the most recent happening, McIlwain reported that
eye-witnesses have encountered "earth lights" since the design was found.
These orange, glowing spheres measure five feet in diameter and are common
after crop circles have been formed. - Troy Jolly
and Caleb Grooms The People's Defender: West
"Another curiosity is that the crop circle is also situated between an
earthen fault line on one side and a compression fault on the other. The
crop circle is aligned so that the axis of the eye points directly at the
Great Serpent Mound, located 3,000 feet away, up on the plateau."
- Ted Robertson
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The Serpent Mound is located in Adams county, Ohio. It
is just a few hours drive from Cincinatti or Dayton. It is surrounded by
rolling hills and farmland.
The Serpent Mound is on State Route 73, six miles north of State
Route 32 and 20 miles south of Bainbridge in Adams County.
3850 State Route 73
Peebles, OH 45660
1-800-752-2757 (toll free)
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Murphin Ridge Inn
If you are looking for a place to stay, Murphin Ridge
Inn is the place. In addition to it being nearby the
Serpent Mound, it is also a magnificent experience in itself. This Bed and
Breakfast is noted as one of the
top ten inns in all of Ohio. Along with the
main Guest House, the inn also features an 1826 Dining House, an art and
antique gallery, and six Woodland Cabins.
Murphin Ridge rests on 142 acres of beautifully scenic
land. Rooms and cabins come with amenities such as fireplaces, whirlpools,
and porches. It is an absolutely perfect way to enjoy the Appalachian
Highlands of southern Ohio.
750 Murphin Ridge Rd.
West Union, Oh 45639
fax (937) 544-8151
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