posted on Mar, 24 2004 @ 12:58 AM
In nearby Moundville, Alabama there are some remarkable artifacts that have been recovered, mainly the Rattlesnake Disk. This disk has the all famous
eye in the hand image, which has been found among many ancient artifacts.
If you are ever in this area, check out these mounds. Their display is fantastic, and they have actual graves displayed in the visitor center. The
graves were excavated partially and turned into a permanent display.
Any opinions on this image of the Rattlesnake Disc?
Stone Pallete, plate 93
Ceremonial disk found at Moundville, Alabama
with rattlesnake and hand and eye design;
12.5" diameter (Courtesy, Alabama Museum
of Natural History).
Rattlesnake Disc - The rattlesnake disc is probably the most famous item found at Mound State Monument. We have no explanation for the meaning of the
designs on the face of this 12.5 inch disc. It is thought that the rattlesnakes bound at two points mean war. The hand with the eye in the center
probably represents those of the creator. Since no other disc is so elaborately inscribed, archaeologists have reason to believe that this disc was
one of great importance and was probably used in religious and/or war ceremonies.
- display placard at Mound State Monument, Moundville
[Edited on 24-3-2004 by Journey]