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Prehistoric America
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A classic volume on the early study of American Indians.

With the settling of the New World, word spread throughout Europe of the native inhabitants, their artifacts, communities, and culturals. Prehistoric America by Marquis de Nadaillac is a prime example of a classic work of the period that addressed the antiquity of humans in the New World, drawing upon the full range of scientific data compiled on the inhabitants and their cultures. The proximity of human remains with those of extinct animals was still a very recent finding, even in the Old World. Nadaillac’s early attempts at cross-cultural comparison and theoretical explanations make this work valid despite the advances of modern-day scholarship. This work was originally published in French in 1883 and translated into English in 1884.
 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Note by the Editor (1885)
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction to the 2005 Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xxviii
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  1. Chapter 1. MAN AND THE MASTODON.
  2. pp. 1-45
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  1. Chapter 2. THE KITCHEN-MIDDENS AND THE CAVES.
  2. pp. 46-79
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  1. Chapter 3. THE MOUND BUILDERS.
  2. pp. 80-132
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  1. Chapter 4. POTTERY, WEAPONS, AND ORNAMENTS OF THE MOUND BUILDERS.
  2. pp. 133-197
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  1. Chapter 5. THE CLIFF DWELLERS AND THE INHABITANTS OF THE PUEBLOS.
  2. pp. 198-259
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  1. Chapter 6. THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA.
  2. pp. 260-316
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  1. Chapter 7. THE RUINS OF CENTRAL AMERICA.
  2. pp. 317-386
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  1. Chapter 8. PERU.
  2. pp. 387-475
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  1. Chapter 9. TIlE MEN OF AMERICA.
  2. pp. 476-517
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  1. Chapter 10. THE ORIGIN OF MAN IN AMERICA.
  2. pp. 518-532
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 533-537
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 539-566
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