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The Mound Builders

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In Illinois, the one-hundred-foot Cahokia Mound spreads impressively across sixteen acres, and as many as ten thousand more mounds dot the Ohio River Valley alone. The Mound Builders traces the speculation surrounding these monuments and the scientific excavations which uncovered the history and culture of the ancient Americans who built them.

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.

Synopsis:

Silverberg recounts the outlandish myths devised to explain the curious earthworks of the eastern United States, which he then accurately restores to Native American prehistory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821408391
Author:
Silverberg, Robert
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Location:
Athens, Ohio :
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Adena culture
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
Mound-builders
Subject:
Mounds
Subject:
Mississippian culture
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Antiquities -- Juvenile literature.
Subject:
Hopewell culture.
Subject:
Mississippian culture -- Juvenile literature.
Subject:
Mound-builders -- Juvenile literature.
Subject:
Mounds -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Abridged ed.
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 268-269.
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
19860531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
7.88x7.08x.73 in. .73 lbs.

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