Re: [ancient_waterways_society] World's largest serpent mound discovered?
- Thanks for your input as you are one of the local experts on the Serpent Mound. Good to have your feedback. Did you mean 1830 in your reply on the possibility it was built during town construction?On Sep 3, 2011, at 8:38 AM, Ross Hamilton wrote:
- I concur, Ross. Water management would be my foremost thought, only because the cliff negates any need for a defensive works there. The bluff is a great spot for fortifications, tho.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, minnesotastan@... wrote:
> Thanks for your insight, Ross. I'm glad I put a question mark in the
> title of my post!
> --- In email@example.com, Ross Hamilton
> <d.ross.hamilton@> wrote:
> I've examined it many times on site, and the long wall might not be
> prehistoric, but a raised area to keep people from inadvertently driving
> over the sheer cliff--possibly created back in the 1930s when Mariemont
> was built. It's interesting, but only Tankersley says it's a serpent,
> and like a maverick archaeologist used the Cincinnati Enquirer to foist
> his ideas. Well it got out to all the news services and you know the
> rest. Don't know of any other archaeologists who agree with him but
> know that many disagree and thought it should never have made a
> newspaper headline without going through proper peer review. It may
> just be a water management conduit as the long wall runs along the cliff
> edge. If it is a serpent, it's uncharacteristic for the Fort Ancient
> People, or any other group in the Ohio Valley. In fact it doesn't look
> like any kind of serpent--too strange a "head" area and too skinny and
> long a body. The real Serpent Mound is only 65 miles to the east and to
> compare the two is kind of whimsical.