A excavation radiocarbon dated three charcoal samples. They varied from B. Solving the mystery of the mound would bolster a request that it be recognized as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Romain said. It draws about 23, visitors annually, but World Heritage status could boost tourism.
Romain, a research associate with Ohio State University's Newark Earthworks Center, said no state or federal money will be used for the investigation, which could take several months.
The park at Ohio 73, which encompasses 54 acres a few miles north of the hamlet of Locust Grove, will remain open during the effort. Members of the public who climb the stairs of a foot tower, built in , might spot the archaeologists in action when they begin work at the site April 8 and 9.
It's unlikely to be as exciting as watching a traditional archaeological dig. About 20 core samples, taken from 3 to 8 feet deep, will be analyzed at a lab at Indiana University. The height of the mound varies from 2 to 6 feet, while the serpent's body is about 20 feet wide and 1, feet long.
It could be a couple months before we have a definitive answer. The best we can do is assign likelihoods. Just beyond the mouth of the snake is a separate oval mound, which might be a depiction of the sun.
Rob Nelson explores mysterious tunnels beneath Denver's airport and capitol building to investigate rumors of a secret organization operating below. In Ohio. The Great Serpent Mound is a foot-long prehistoric effigy mound in Ohio. Scientists are sure what it's purpose was.
The mouth of the serpent aligns with the setting sun on the longest day of each year: It has been suggested the outer curves of the serpent align with movements of the sun and moon, but that has not been resolved, said Romain, who has been studying the mound for 25 years. The configuration could be linked to the best times to plant and harvest corn, said Brad Lepper, an archaeologist with the Ohio Historical Society who was part of the excavation, which reopened a trench dug by Putnam.
Serpent Mound may have been a shrine to the sun. Community Press Cincinnati [March 29, ].
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