Paths of the Mound-Building Indians and Great Game Animals
by Archer Butler Hulbert (9780217244817)

Paths of the Mound-Building Indians and Great Game Animals
Archer Butler Hulbert
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 22
Category: North America
ISBN: 9780217244817
ISBN-10: 0217244815

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II DISTRIBUTION OF MOUND-BUILDING INDIANS THE mounds of these first Americans of which we know are found between Oregon and the Wyoming valley, in Pennsylvania, and Onondaga county in New York; they extend from Manitoba in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The great seat of empire was in the drainage area of the Mississippi river; on this river and its tributaries were the heaviest mound-building populations. Few mounds are found east of the Alleghany mountains. In the Catalogue of Prehistoric Works East of the Rocky Mountains, issued by the Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution,5 the geographical extent and density of the mounds in central North America is brought out state by state with striking suggestiveness. While the layman is 6 Bulletin, 1891. warned that these maps '' present some features which are calculated to mislead," and that the maps indicate '' to some extent the more thoroughly explored areas rather than the true proportion of the ancient works in the different sections," still some conclusions have already been reached which future exploitation will never weaken. It is not expected that future investigation will change the verdict that the heaviest mound-building population found its seat near the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. '' There is little doubt,'' writes Dr. Thomas, "that when Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia have been thoroughly explored many localities will be added to those indicated . . . but it is not likely that the number will be found to equal those in the area drained by the Ohio and its affluents or in the immediate valley of the Mississippi."6 This fact, that the heaviest populations of the mound-building Indians seem to have been near the Mississippi and Ohio is, ofcourse, shown by the archaeological maps. ...

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