Publication Year: 2086
The mounds were constructed for religious and secular purposes some time between 1000 B.C. and 1000 A.D., and they have prompted curiosity and speculation from very early times. European settlers found them evidence of some ancient and glorious people. Even as eminent an American as Thomas Jefferson joined the controversy, though his conclusions—that the mounds were actually cemeteries of ancient Indians—remained unpopular for nearly a century.
Only in the late 19th century, as Smithsonian Institution investigators developed careful methodologies and reliable records, did the period of scientific investigation of the mounds and their builders begin. Silverberg follows these excavations and then recounts the story they revealed of the origins, development, and demise of the mound builder culture.
Published by: Ohio University Press
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1: The Discovery Of The Mounds
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But since all of the land is very flat ... they build such sites the last to visit it for at least a century. The next explorers ...
2: The Making Of The Myth
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...alligators, graceful cranes, wondrous fishes, otters and frogs, airy pavilion in the center of the village" on such a platform. artificial hills were raised; they have various stories concern the late sixteenth century. In the first half of the eighteenth burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen .... " ...
3: The Triumph Of The Myth
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...sider this circumstance, who affect to believe these antiquities ter was a super-diffusionist. He claimed that rivers in Britain 2 Modern archaeologists place the arrival of the Aztecs in Mexico in can literature, traveled to Illinois to visit his two brothers. ...
4: The Great Debate
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...on his property was likely to level it so he could plant crops; ancient Celtic, so he sent copies of the inscription to several to tribes of more fixed and exalted traits of civilization, far writers very vaguely, and with little severity of investigation, to begin his series of books; and so it happened that the first ...
5: Deflating The Myth
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...therefore the pipes did not prove contact with tropical regions native to the Mississippi Valley; that "the state of art-culture fifty editions. and is still in print. Later Donnelly published East, and beyond the sea, as the source of their first civilized scale of civilization, differed in most instances in habits and ...
6: The Honored Dead: Adena and Hopewell
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...the term was actually so vague that it defined very little other sions; it is still subject even to major reconsideration in the . such other identifiying traits as the use of copper, the habit 20,000 (')- Paleo-Indian Big-game Hunting Nomadic hunting cultures; stone 1,000 s.c.- Burial Mound I Woodland Farming cultures with expanded ...
7: The Temple Mound People
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...used to describe a particular group of cultural traits. It does sissippi, Alabama, or Florida. Nor is the spread of these ideas ent era, but of a different people." Relatively little work was presence of knives, swords, ~l1ets, flints, pistols, iron axes, structure 22 feet high and 180 feet in diameter at its base. He ...
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Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2086
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth