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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Travel Thursday: Serpent Mound and Fort Ancient

I've always had an interest in Native American earthworks. I think they're fascinating. Why were they built and for who?  I am lucky to have Angel Mounds almost in my backyard, literally. One of the earth works that has fascinated me the most is Serpent Mound in Southern Ohio. I remember learning about Serpent Mound in college and I have always wanted to see it in person. So, one beautiful fall weekend while I was in grad school, I decided to make a visit. 

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Serpent Mound is the largest surviving effigy mound in the world, at over 1300 feet long. However, it's purpose is unknown. 

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It was constructed by the Fort Ancient culture, which flourished in this part of the country and is named after Fort Ancient, a site not too far from Serpent Mound that was constructed by the Hopewell and later inhabited by the Fort Ancient peoples. It is situated atop a plateau and is comprised of earthen walls and mounds.

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Looking out over the gorge. The bridge in the distance is I 71.
It was a very cool and educational trip and something that I highly recommend seeing if you're interested in this kind of stuff!

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