The Field Diary of an Archaeological Collector

The Field Diary of an Archaeological Collector

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...in diameter. Lying next to this, a small cup-shaped bowl evidently used for a drinking vessel, without decoration. Next to this we found another small vessel shaped like a dipper with a long handle to it. Two more flint knives were taken out of the earth in this dipper. This was all in the grave. APRIL 2. We pitched our third tent and made a workroom for the photographer. Fire-wood is very scarce and we have to take the wagon and go back three miles into the foot-hills for it. Some fish were caught in the river and Mr. Rowley found a porcupine in one of his traps. Another big snow in the afternoon stopped all work. APRIL 3., % T X The snow fell all night and most of the day. We were compelled to stay in the tents, write letters, and pass the time as best we could. CHAPTER XV. RUINS ON THE RIO LA PLATA. The valley of the Rio La Plata is narrower than the Animas and more fertile. It is a promising fruit and cattle country. In ancient times it was well peopled--perhaps by the same tribe that live! along the Animas. The ruins vary from one-room lo fifty-room structures. Sandstone slabs, as near the desired form as could be found, were selected to be used in the walls. Many of these did not well fit and were chipped or blocked into shape. The similarity is not confined to architecture alone. Pottery, axes, projectile points, etc., of the two regions are identical. The natives irrigated hundreds of acres about these ruins. One can trace the outlines of their ditches for several miles in spite of the shifting, ever-changing sands. That many of the ditches are now filled or obliterated one does not doubt. The ancient farmer ran his ditches at the foot of the mesa and not high upon it as docs the present ranchman. Falling rapidly, as does the La Plata, it...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524942
  • 9781236524942