Serpent Mounds, The

The principal mound of this group is the only known example in Canada of a mound of serpentine shape. The earliest archaeological excavation on the site was carried out by David Boyle in 1896. Artifacts and skeletal remains were discovered, but the first comprehensive investigation was not started until 1955. The mounds, somewhat similar to those of the Ohio Valley, appear to have been built while the region was occupied by Indians of the Point Peninsula culture, and are thought to have been religious or ceremonial in nature. Numerous burials have been found in the mounds, which are estimated to have been constructed about the second century A.D.


In Serpent Mounds Park, County Road 34, Rice Lake, south of Keene

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Peterborough

Municipality: Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan