To the untrained eye, there’s nothing special about the earthen hump that runs for hundreds of feet alongside picturesque Miami Bluff Drive and curves down along the edge of the woods toward the Mariemont Swimming Pool.
At certain points, it’s undetectable from the road because trees, honeysuckle and weeds grow on parts of it.
But to the eyes of University of Cincinnati anthropology professor Ken Tankersley, this hump is extraordinarily special.
Using modern technology, he has identified this hump as the remnants of a serpent mound built by Fort Ancient Indians between 1400 and 1800.
This serpent mound is 2,952 feet long, more than twice the length of the celebrated Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, which many believe to be the largest serpent effigy in the world.
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