|Serpent Mound, Adams County, Ohio (c) Brian Davis|
We became aware of it when our nephew, Brian Davis, a celebrated archivist, recently visited the site in Ohio and took the accompanying photos.
More current estimates, using carbon dating techniques tie it to the Fort Ancient Culture, circa 1070 AD; but, that's debatable since there are at least three layers of sediment, each with a different carbon signature. Charcoal pieces found at the site date back several thousand years, and one credible estimate takes it back 5,000 - 9,000 years.
|(c) Brian Davis|
The mound is about 1,400 feet long and more than three feet high, terminating with the serpent's head with mouth opened to capture an oval [an egg, or perhaps our Solar System?].
|Note the Serpent's Mouth and the Oval|
The design of the Serpent Mound is captured in this 1890 graphic published by the Smithsonian Museum.
The Serpent's shape and mouth indicate it was based on the Draco Constellation.
It was originally thought to have been created some 5,000 years ago, which would likely have precluded involvement of the Native American tribes whom Columbus encountered.
Interesting aspects of the design include:
1) The Serpent head is aligned with the oval coincident with the Summer Solstice sunset
2) Lunar alignments seem based on the curves in the Serpent's body
3) The Serpent's coils appear to be aligned with the two solstice and two equinox events each year [i.e., coils point to the Winter Solstice sunrise and the Equinox Sunrise].
|Draco Constellation SallyRideScience.com|
4) The star pattern of the Draco Constellation matches the Serpent design, with the
"...ancient Pole Star Thuban at its geographical center within the first seven coils from the head."
The alignment of the Serpent to the Pole Star Thuban is the basis for the dating of the mound at 5,000 years, although in this stellar movement map, it could date back as far as 9,000 years.
Interestingly, Thuban was the celestial target of one of the pyramid shafts of the Pharaoh Khufu, who aspired to join the gods there after his lifetime on Earth had passed.
Reportedly, there is similar Serpent Mound in near Castle Meigle in Scotland, where it is doubtful that Native Americans had a hand in building it.
Food for thought on a civilization which preceded our current concepts of Modern Civilization.
Most interesting is that the Polar Star Thuban caught the interest of civilizations on opposite sides of planet Earth -- in the same time frame. Keep in mind that the Stone Age ended somewhere between 4500 BC and 2000 BC, and that this Serpent Mound, tied to sophisticated astronomy occurred during the same time frame.
Not bad for a bunch of cave men, right?