PEEBLES, Ohio | More than a century after the Ohio Historical Society obtained, “largest surviving example of a prehistoric effigy mound in the world,” known as the Great Serpent Mound, The History Channel show “America Unearthed” decided to take a closer look.
On Jan 25 and 26, and Feb. 2 and 3, the History Channel H2 will air forensic geologist Scott Wolters visit to the site, part of his look at serpent shaped mounds; he also looks at the serpent mound at Loch Nell, Scotland, during the episode.
According to OHS website, Serpent Mound, located near Peebles, in Adams County, Ohio, covers 1,348 feet over the ground, in a preserved ancient earthwork depicting “an undulating serpent with an oval shape at the head.”
Wolter travels across the country looking at hidden treasures and the history behind them; Serpent Mound has plenty to offer.
According to OHS records, Native Americans and early settlers knew of the mound for many years, but in the 1840s surveyors Squier and Davis documented its location.
In the 1880s, archaeologist Frederick Ward Putnam was able to raise funds to purchase the land in the name of Harvard University, and it became a public park.
In 1900, the Ohio Historical Society obtained the site and later supervised construction of an observation tower overlooking the effigy and shelter house and in the mid-1970s, the museum area.
In 2009, the non-profit Arc of Appalachia Preserve System begin serving as the on-site manager for Serpent Mound in partnership with OHS.
Though the actual creator of the mound is unknown, researchers have determined several different cultures have been at the site including Adena Culture (800 BC-100 AD), and the Fort Ancient Culture (1000-1650 AD).
While Serpent Mound is open all daylight hours, the museum and gift shop are not open in January or February and the parking lot is not plowed in those months. Weekend hours begin in March and weekday/weekend hours begin in April, officials said.
For more on the show, go to http://www.history.com/shows/america-unearthed/episodes , for more on Serpent Mound go to http://arcofappalachia.org/visit/serpent-mound.html and for more on Loch Nell serpent mound go to http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=19474