Re: World's largest serpent mound discovered?
- 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.