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TITLE
Serpent Mound at Loch Nell near Oban
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_U8130880_P002
PLACENAME
Loch Nell
DISTRICT
South Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilmore and Kilbride
DATE OF IMAGE
1883
PERIOD
1880s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
38241
KEYWORDS
serpents
mounds
religions
paganism
lochs
Serpent Mound at Loch Nell near Oban

Loch Nell lies about two miles south-east of Oban. Nearby is an artificial mound shaped in a double curve like a serpent. There was an altar surrounded by a circle of stones on its 'head' which corresponds with the solar circles on the heads of serpent images in Ancient Egypt.

This serpent mound is similar to others found near Greenock and in Ireland. An early Celtic tribe of the Strathclyde area, the Damnonii, were known for serpent and sun worship, and serpent worship was also common in Argyll.

This illustration was taken from 'In the Hebrides', by CF Gordon Cumming (1883)

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Serpent Mound at Loch Nell near Oban

ARGYLL: Kilmore and Kilbride

1880s

serpents; mounds; religions; paganism; lochs

Highland Libraries

In the Hebrides, 1883

Loch Nell lies about two miles south-east of Oban. Nearby is an artificial mound shaped in a double curve like a serpent. There was an altar surrounded by a circle of stones on its 'head' which corresponds with the solar circles on the heads of serpent images in Ancient Egypt.<br /> <br /> This serpent mound is similar to others found near Greenock and in Ireland. An early Celtic tribe of the Strathclyde area, the Damnonii, were known for serpent and sun worship, and serpent worship was also common in Argyll.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'In the Hebrides', by CF Gordon Cumming (1883)