Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology

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Author: John D. Baldwin
Published: 1871
Language: English
Wordcount: 66,014 / 205 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.3
LoC Categories: D, CC
Downloads: 2,145
Added to site: 2008.08.21
mnybks.net#: 21811
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Science
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oration and study of these antiquities is stated as follows: "Although possessing throughout certain general points of resemblance going to establish a kindred origin, these works nevertheless resolve themselves into three grand geographical divisions, which present in many respects striking contrasts, yet so gradually merge into each other that it is impossible to determine where one series terminates and another begins." On the upper lakes, and to a certain extent in Michigan, Iowa, and Missouri, but particularly in Wisconsin, the outlines of the inclosures (elsewhere more regular in form) were designed in the forms of animals, birds, serpents, and even men, appearing on the surface of the country like huge relievos. The embankment of an irregular inclosure in Adams County, Ohio, is described as follows by Squier and Davis, Mr. Squier having made the drawing of it for the work published by the Smithsonian Institution:

"It is in the form of a serpent, upward of 1000 feet in length, extended i

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