Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Peculiar Goings On at Serpent Mound

I don't know why but when I start to write an entry in my head, I always start with a song.  Meaning, I try and think of a popular (or at least semi-popular) song that might relate to the subject at hand.  I can't guess why.  Perhaps its just my weird obsession to make sure that life has a soundtrack.  

So I guess the obvious first choice for this entry is "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.

But I'm not happy with that choice because it's actually not mine and I think I can do better.  Yet I can't get it out of my head.

So for now, at least, I'm stuck.

Here's the story:

Last September, a video was posted on Youtube and began making the rounds on Facebook (I don't know if there were any tweets about it so I can't say for certain that corner of the internets was covered.)

The video was posted by a group, organization if you will, of like minded "light warriors".  A "light warrior" is someone who feels that the earth's natural and spiritual vibrations of good have been consumed by darkness and their purpose and calling is to raise the good vibrations, bringing peace and love and togetherness back to the fore.

(Hence, the above mentioned song, however now I feel I could go with "Happy Together" as my soundtrack.

Is it a coincidence that musically we seem to be stuck in the 60's?)

In the video, these happy souls, prance, dance, jump and run all over the Serpent Mound in Adams County.

(For more information on the importance of Serpent Mound to Ohio and all of the archaeological record, see here:

One does not simply run and jump all over a state, national and international treasure.

In fact, the Serpent Mound is just one of Ohio's historical and archaeological sites that's on the short list to be named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What other World Heritage Sites are there?  Nothing major I guess, just the Pyramids at Giza....Stonehenge.....those kind of places.

We catch up with our light warriors as they proceed to discuss, on camera, what exactly they're doing.  The goal - to raise the vibrations of the earth.  The means - to plant small, Reese Cup shaped "thingies" made out of resin and little tiny rocks and metal.  (Little tiny rocks float - sorry - I am prone to digress into a Monty Python skit at moments notice.)

These magic pucks, if you will, are called "Orgonite".  If you care to make your own - here's a link -


I've gotten ahead of myself.

Cut back to our light warriors.  They are proud,  they are happy, they are legion!
And the on screen interviews strongly suggest that they strategically placed these devices all over the Serpent Mound.  Yes.  Purposely digging into (albeit, probably not very deep but that's not the point) the preserved earthworks.

The video also links to portions of an episode of that perennial favorite on History Channel, Ancient Aliens.  Now, if you haven't seen Ancient Aliens, I'll try to summarize.  Back in the 70's (or at least I think it's was the 70's because that's when I first discovered it...) a man named Erich Von Daniken wrote a book called "Chariots of the Gods" (forgive me if I get some of this wrong, I'm going from memory here...and honestly, some of my most important brain cells were summarily dismissed during my Rock and Roll 80's and Celtic 90's.  Cool.  I have just discovered that I have era's.)  So this book contends that aliens visited the earth in our ancient past and gave all this amazing technology to early humans and that's how the pyramids, Stonehenge, Easter Island heads, ET AL, were built.  Not that our ancestors could have possibly been smart enough to figure things out on their own.

Years later, this book spawned many more books and theories and inclusions and omissions.  Someone at the History Channel decided this would be a good series and being that it's the History Channel, people watched.  And some fell for it.  Hook. Line.  Meet sinker.

Me?  I watch the program in amusement.  Mostly because I find the commentators strangely fascinating. I mean, who can resist Georgio Tsoukalos with his gravity defying, "heat miser", Don King hair?

One episode of said program broached the subject of "reactivating" the Serpent Mound.  Because well, you know, it clearly could have only been seen from space so it had to be some sort of a marker.  Like the Nazca Lines.

Since this segment was included in the Youtube video of our erstwhile light warriors, I'm guessing this is probably the source of their brilliant idea.

The Ohio Historical Society, however, didn't take kindly to the stunt.

The press release and news story were picked up by several news outlets and last week, several members of the Ohio Historical Society archaeology team went to Serpent Mound to try and recover any and all of these "devices" that were placed on, in and around the mound.  A few TV news crews also documented the case.

The Youtube video has been removed which I guess is good.  Frankly, in my opinion, should you have had the opportunity to watch it, you would have lost 37 minutes of your life that you would never get back.

So it's easy to make jokes and roll your eyes and shrug off the beliefs and intent by these people.  I am absolutely, completely comfortable with them believing what they want to believe.  That said, I am equally absolutely, completely uncomfortable with their actions.

I admit, the first time I went to the Serpent Mound, I handed my camera to my friend, scurried over the embankment and had her take my picture standing next to the "head of serpent" sign.  But I'm pretty sure, my reckless abandon stopped there.  I didn't dig any holes, nor bury anything of personal significance there as an offering or otherwise.

And it's not like the site isn't clearly marked with signs to not do these types of things.

While I appreciate this groups idea of wanting to awaken the positive forces in the universe, I have to question their complete and utter disregard for the preservation of the mound.

The fact that the mound still even exists is a testament to the tireless devotion and care by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve system and the Ohio Historical Society.

Why is putting these objects in the mound a problem?  Because it contaminates the archaeological record for future generations.  

Why is it important for the OHS to prosecute if they can?  With access to the internet and television programs that promote pseudo-science, not prosecuting would set a precedence which could endanger all historical and archaeological sites in Ohio.

As Brad Lepper, Curator of Archaeology for the OHS said, "This kind of desecration really can't be tolerated".

I have been recently gifted with an amazing opportunity of being able to volunteer in the archaeology department of the OHS.  I only get to do it every few weeks, and I certainly don't know the staff all that well yet, so unless I'm completely wrong about reading people, I think it's pretty safe to say that the staff; Brad, Linda, Bill, Martha, Julie and Chandler all care deeply about the preservation of all of Ohio's significant sites.  

I thought about writing something about this last week when it all came up but thought "eh, my 3 readers will just get my Facebook updates" but then another good friend of mine suggested it as a means of putting more information out there so I guess that's why I'm doing this.  Getting more information out there.

This same friend and I also digressed our conversation into "Hey - that's a good name for a band".  My suggestion was "Muffin Crystal Thingie" but hers was "Orville and the Orgonites".  Now we just have to decide on a set list.  Clearly, the two songs mentioned earlier would have to be additions.

We went to Serpent Mound last June.  Finn and the Piper explored the site while I attended a talk by Brad Lepper.  The boys were pretty much done with being there by the time the talk and tour were over so I wasn't able to get any good pictures.  But they did buy me this:

All of Ohio's historic and archaeological sites are important for a myriad of reasons.  We should, all of us, make every effort to assist the organizations that care for these sites; be they local, state or national,
in any way possible.  So that some other Mom; 20, 30, 100 years from now, who's looking for something to do with her children, can still go to these places.

And not just Ohio, but all over the United States.

It's important.


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