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The Progress of Ethnology

An Account of Recent Archaeological, Philological and Geographical Researches in Various Parts of the Globe

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Published: 1847
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,314 / 169 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.4
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 450
Added to site: 2011.07.21
mnybks.net#: 30468
Genre: Science
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e varies, presenting sometimes a pyramid, at others a cone, or rhomboid. Walls surround the second class, which are from ten to fifteen feet in heighth, the same across the top, and from forty to fifty feet at the base.

The "Look out" mounds are seldom under sixty feet high. Of this class, Dr. Dickeson has examined upwards of ninety. They are generally on the summit of a hill, overlooking the bottom lands. Here they stand some three hundred feet above the bottom lands, commanding an extensive prospect, and in some instances one may see the peaks of several systems of mounds in the distance.

The "Temple mounds" are seldom more than twenty feet high, and stratified with ashes, loam, gravel, &c. They all have an earthen floor. Dr. Dickeson has, but in a single instant, found a skeleton in these mounds, and in this, he thinks the subject a Choctaw Indian recently placed there. It lay in a horizontal position, differing from the usual mode of burial, which is the sitting posture

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