Alan Skelly Finds

by the Great Serpent Mound

Adams County, Ohio

 

A recent visitor to this website, Alan Skelly, J.D., of Mt. Oreb, Ohio, has made some interesting  observations of lithic artifact material from Brush Creek just below the Serpent Mound.  One of these is of the large rock shown below, with serpent-like eye and mouth.  In the photo below, it may incorporate this website's author's long-recognized Primal Image of one creature emerging from the mouth of another, reinforcing his hypothesis that the Serpent Mound's "egg" is being sent forth from the serpent's mouth rather than being consumed by it, the heretofore popularly accepted interpretation.  Mr. Skelly has collected many smaller Figure Stones from this site (not on state property) by the mound, some of which are shown below on this page.

 

Orig. Photo by A. Skelly

 
Mr. Skelly has written an article presenting his observations and interpretations.  To read this, please click on the image below:

 
 
Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound
In sandstone, a bird-like head, left, with another face emerging from its mouth.  A very nice piece with several high-quality incorporated images shown below, observed and photographed by this author.
 

Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound

A face at the left end of the stone in the previous photo.

 

Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound

The face on the forehead of the figure shown in the previous photo, seen straight on.  Note the common bird-shaped mouth.
 

Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound

Quasi-human / bison or deer(?) figure, left profile, natural feature of rock forming most of one antler.
 

Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound

Shaman(?), right, face-to-face (mouth-to-mouth!) with bear (left).  (Note detail of bear's upper teeth.)  This face-to-face motif often appears elsewhere, as in the one in sandstone below, from 33GU218 (Day's Knob):

Figure Stone from 33GU218

 

Figure Stone - Near Great Serpent Mound, Ohio

An exceptionally detailed and naturalistic piece displaying the very common theme of one creature emerging egg-like from the posterior of another, here a quasi-human head from a bird.  The head seems to incorporate the likewise common motif of another creature emerging from its mouth
 
 

Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound

A quasi-anthropomorphic face with a creature atop its head.

 

Figure Stone from near Great Serpent Mound

A quasi-anthropomorphic figure (right profile) in limestone(?), height 15 cm (6")

Photo by A. Skelly

 

 

 

More coming...

 

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