Two Similar Hopewell Sioux Serpent Effigies in Ohio and Missouri
To the left is an earthwork that was located in Dade County, Missouri originally published in the American Antiquarian in July, 1878. The earthwork depicts a two serpent heads on each side with a burial mound that may be symbolic of the Sun or Cosmic Egg. To the right is an earthwork in Butler County, Ohio, originally published in “The Mound Builders” by J. P. McLean in 1879. A perfectly circular earthwork is situated between the two Serpent heads that leaves the observer with no other conclusion than it represents the Sun.
The symbolism of these two earthworks is too similar to not conclude that they were constructed by the same early Siouan people.