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Re: World's largest serpent mound discovered?

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  • Rick O
    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
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 3, 2011
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      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.

      Oz

      --- In ancient_waterways_society@yahoogroups.com, minnesotastan@... wrote:
      >
      > Thanks for your insight, Ross. I'm glad I put a question mark in the
      > title of my post!
      >
      >
      > --- In ancient_waterways_society@yahoogroups.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.
      >
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