The Secrets In The Great Serpent Mounds Of Ohio
By James Donahue
Adams County, Ohio, offers the site of the Great Serpent Mount, considered by archaeologists and historians
to be the most dynamic and mysterious effigy mount in the United States.
Measuring almost a quarter mile in length, the twisting, winding mound built in the form of a massive
snake swallowing an egg, is believed to be among the largest serpentine earthworks in the world.
It is a surviving earthwork, but it may not have been the only serpentine mound of its kind that once
existed in Ohio. Another similar to it once was said to have been found in Warren County, located in Southwest Ohio between
Dayton and Cincinnati. George Frederick Wright, in an article published in 1908, described the mound as 1,300 feet in length,
three feet high and from 10 to 15 feet in width. Even when he saw it, Wright said erosion from a nearby stream had destroyed
the head. Since his article appeared, the remains of the mound have been destroyed by human encroachment.
Also in Warren County, John R. White, professor of Anthropology at Youngstown State University, wrote
that in the 1980s he examined two large stone effigies of rattlesnakes along the Little Miami River. He said they were made
of flat shaped limestone slaps piled about two feet high and two meters wide. One was 86 feet long and the other measured
It was White’s theory that the snake effigies were made by the Fort Ancient prehistoric Indian
culture that lived in the region around A.D. 1200. Also, because of the remains of a post hole in front of the heads of the
snakes, White believed that posts were used like a sun dial, with a shadow moving down the backs of the snakes, to mark the
summer and winter solstice.
While unique to Ohio, within most of the United States, serpent mounds have been found elsewhere in
the world, including Britain and Mexico. Also the dragon, snake or reptile image has played an important role in ancient cultural
artworks throughout the world.
So why were the serpent images considered so important to the ancient people that they would build
massive earthworks like the ones found in the rural areas of the Midwestern United States?
Like images found in England, South America and in other parts of the world, the serpent mounds can
only be seen and appreciated for their artwork from the air. The people of that prehistoric era did not have the capability
But aliens would have. So would ancient humans if there was once an ancient civilization as advanced
as our own.
It is perhaps significant that Lucifer was described in the Book of Genesis as a serpent when he tempted
Eve in the Garden of Eden. Was it because he was an alien and serpentine in physical appearance?
Consider that the ancient humans had both the memory and myth of a serpentine contact that some believe
may date back to an ancient civilization. Some believe that old race of intelligent beings was serpentine in appearance. There
is a theory that the genetic code from this ancient race is still found in our own . . . or at least in the genes of some
of the many races that exist on Earth.
That the Book of Genesis speaks of "giants on the Earth" and gods that "came down" and mated with
women. Their offspring became "mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Indeed, who were these mighty men, the ones the
ancients called The Nephilim? Where they humanoids with scales? Did they resemble serpents? Is this why ancient humans built
monuments that linked to the known serpents of the planet? Did they worship a serpent god because of this ancient memory?
In addition to the serpent mounts, the ancient civilizations in the United States built large earthen
mounds. The remains of these works are nearly all destroyed now, but they existed throughout the Midwest. They were round
in their shape when found by early settlers. They may have originally been shaped like pyramids.
The pyramids were built in rock all over the world. They remain a mystery to this day, Because of
tiny holes cut through the sides of some of the pyramids that allow viewers to peer up into the ancient heavens, and because
of the very way these structures were located on Earth, archeologists have linked the pyramids to the stars.
Great secrets exist in the things from the ancient past that still exist under our feet.