Take a pilgrimage to Serpent Mound for a Solstice Celebration & Catered Dinner on Saturday, June 17.
The keynote speaker will be archaeologist Jarrod Burks, who will report on his latest research findings at Serpent Mound. Dinner will be catered by Ridge Top BBQ and includes macaroni and cheese, green beans, baked beans (vegetarian), and smoked chicken with barbecue sauce. Preregistration is required.
Burks will share his recent efforts to reveal the hidden mysteries of Serpent Mound and the surrounding park. He will discuss the new results of recent magnetic, radar, and drone-based topographic mapping conducted by Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.
After Burk’s talk take a guided hike of the Serpent Mound. The special guided tour of the great serpent will review what researchers know and don’t know about Serpent Mound, and what this monumental earthen sculpture might have meant to its ancient American Indian builders.
“This is a great event for people of all ages,” said park manager Tim Goodwin.
In many ancient cultures around the world, people sought to align their daily earthly lives with the grand impersonal rhythms of the cosmos, as revealed in the night sky. The two celestial events that most closely align with the earth’s seasonal cycles are the summer solstice and the winter solstice – the summer solstice being the time of the year when the cold has the least power over lives, and light reigns over darkness. Many ancient earthworks were pointed with alignments to important astrological events. The Serpent Mound is aligned to the point on the western horizon where the sun sets on the summer solstice, making the park the perfect location for contemplation, meditation and relaxing as the sunsets over the Great Serpent.
To learn more about this event and to register for the dinner, visit www.arcofappalachia.org/solstice. For any questions you can call 937-365-1935 or email email@example.com.
The Solstice Feast begins at 6 p.m. and includes Burks’ presentation. The cost is $15 per person. There is an $8 parking fee. The park closes at 10 p.m.
Submitted by Kayla Hanning, visitor services coordinator, Arc of Appalachia.