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Unlocking the secrets of Serpent Mound

Scientists are looking to unlock the secrets of Serpent Mound in Ohio, the largest prehistoric effigy of its kind in the world.

Nearly a quarter-mile long as measured by the centerline of its curves, Serpent Mound is the largest prehistoric effigy of its kind in the world. It was built on a ridge above the valley of Ohio Brush Creek by an unknown people, perhaps 1,000 to 3,000 years ago.

Proving when it was built could indicate who those people were – and why they undertook an engineering feat that demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy, said William F. Romain of suburban Cleveland, an archaeo-astronomer who will lead a team of archaeologists.

“We expect to generate a new and detailed understanding of the serpent’s internal structure,” Romain wrote in seeking a permit from the Ohio Historical Society, which owns the site. “Our goal is to provide a series of graphic illustrations.”

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Story: Barrett J. Brusman, Cincinnati.com | Photo: Ohio Historial Society

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