Who Built Serpent Mound?
The ancestors of the American Indians of the Eastern Woodlands built Serpent Mound, but archaeologists disagree about when they built it. Some argue that the Adena culture built the mound around 2,300 years ago. This is the same culture that built the large, conical burial mound located at the east end of the parking lot.
Others think the Fort Ancient culture built the Serpent at around 900 years ago. The Fort Ancient culture built the small burial mound located near the west end of the parking lot.
Serpent imagery became especially important during the Mississippian period, which is contemporary with the Fort Ancient culture in southern Ohio. This would support the idea that Serpent Mound was built by the Fort Ancient culture.
Future research may reveal the true age of Serpent Mound, but for now we just don't know for sure. What do you think?
This Mississippian stone palette is
engraved with two serpent-like
creatures with rattlesnake tails
(overlayed in white). It was found in
a mound in Mississippi.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology
Location. 39° 1.483′ N, 83° 25.767′ W. Marker is in Peebles, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker is on Ohio Route 73 0.9 miles west of Horner Chapel Road (County Road T-116), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peebles OH 45660, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Astronomical Alignments At Serpent Mound (here, next to this marker); Serpent Mound Impact Crater (a few steps from this marker); A Missing Coil? (a few steps from this marker); Exploring Serpent Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); The Serpent Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); The Serpent In American Indian Traditions (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shawnee And The King Of The Serpents (within shouting distance of this marker); What Is An Effigy Mound? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peebles.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 4, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.