Snake-shaped Ohio mound site gets modern restrooms

Peebles, Ohio (AP) May 2011

The site of an ancient, snake-shaped earthwork in southern Ohio will soon get a decidedly modern upgrade for its pit-style restrooms.

The Ohio Historical Society says the two pit latrines serving visitors at the Serpent Mound site near Peebles were built in the 1930s without plumbing. They’re being replaced with flushable toilets in the stone restroom buildings.

Project manager Meta von Rabenau says a federal grant of $292,000 is paying for the project and an archaeological investigation at the site. She says the grant was approved in 2006 but the project was delayed.

The historical society says officials carefully considered the site layout and the potential for archaeological finds as they planned where to dig for plumbing.



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