A Missing Coil?
Archaeologists from Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. assisted by volunteers, followed up on the magnetometry survey by excavating a trench across a portion of the lost coll feature. The results suggested that part of the mound had once covered this location.
Dr. Jarrod Burks, from Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., conducted a magnetic gradient survey of Serpent Mound in 2012. This kind of survey reveals changes in the magnetic properties of soil that are a result of some kind of ground disturbance in the past. The most exciting result of the survey was the discovery of a large, U-shaped feature near the neck of the Serpent that appears to represent an ancient surface buried by an embankment that was later removed.
If this interpretation is correct, then at some time in the past, the original builders of Serpent Mound, or perhaps a later group, changed the design of Serpent Mound. Why they might have done this is a mystery.
Overview of magnetometer survey data from 2012 showing the Serpent and traces of what might have been a former portion of the Serpent erased in antiquity.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 39° 1.49′ N, 83° 25.776′ W. Marker is in Peebles, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker is on Ohio Route 73 0.9 miles west of Homer Chapel Road (County Road T-116), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3854 OH-73, 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. Who Built Serpent Mound? (a few steps from this marker); Astronomical Alignments At Serpent Mound (a few steps from this marker); Serpent Mound Impact Crater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Serpent Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring Serpent Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); The Serpent In American Indian Traditions (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Shawnee And The King Of The Serpents (about 300 feet away); What Is An Effigy Mound? (about 300 feet away). 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 38 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.