Ohio Historical Society Hopes To File Charges Against Those Who Desecrated Serpent Mound
Historic preservationists said that vandals embedded a material thought to harness positive energy inside of the world's largest serpent effigy located in southwest Ohio.
Now, the Ohio Historical Society is filing charges.
Armed with a metal detector, the curator of archeology for the Ohio Historical Society combed the body of the serpent mound to try to find the items he said vandals buried in the quarter-mile national landmark.
"This kind of desecration can't be tolerated," Brad Lepper said.
Investigators said that they found three pieces of orgonite embedded inside of the Adams County mound.
Orgonite, made of fiberglass resin and metal, is believed to harness positive energy, according to numerous websites on the topic.
"It doesn't appear to be toxic or damaging in any way, but what we're concerned about is that people who do this destroy the archeological record," Lepper said.
So far, investigators have found three pieces of orgonite but think there could be as many as 300.
The park caretakers said that they used video to help build their case against the vandals, who they identified as members of a specific group that believes in harnessing the energy of the earth. 10TV News did not name the group because charges have not been filed.
The group said that it placed the material to "lift the vibration of the earth so we can all rise together."
Caretakers said that while the group may have had good intentions, their actions could have contaminated the ancient site thought to help mark the summer and winter solstices.
"Digging holes into mounds and poling these things into them is an intrusion of the intact archeology there that could ruin something important," Lepper said.
10TV News called the group for comment, but no one returned the phone call.
The Ohio Historical Society said that they have not filed charges for vandalism of an Ohio landmark in 20 years.
If charges are filed, the crime could be punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
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