New Century Reference Library of the World's Most Important Knowledge; Complete, Thorough, Practical Volume 5

New Century Reference Library of the World's Most Important Knowledge; Complete, Thorough, Practical Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...into a central chamber, round the sides of which are placed the bodies of the dead. These tumuli closely resemble the dwelling houses of Arctic people, such as the Esquimaux. The determination of the age of tumuli is a very difficult problem. As a general rule, where the bodies have been buried in a sitting or contracted position, the tumulus belongs to the Neolithic Age; where the body has been cremated, to the Bronze Age; and where the body is in an extended position, to the Iron Age. In the United" States from the Rocky Mountains eastward to the Alleghenies, and from the S. shore of Lake Erie to the Gulf of Mexico, there are prehistoric tumuli, constructed by an extinct race of people. In the N. part of the district indicated, the mounds are few and small. In the S. part they are more numerous and of greater size and altitude. They are evidently of a common origin. The tumuli of Mexico and Peru are still greater in dimensions. In most that have been examined there have been found the bones of the dead and articles of use and ornamentation. Tumut, selected in October, 1903, by the lower branch of the Australian Parliament as the Federal capital of the Australian commonwealth. It is a small town of about 2,000 inhabitants, situated in a rich agricultural district of New South Wales, on the river Tundra Tumut, in Wynyard county, and is about one hundred miles W. S. W. from Goulburn, which is one of the more important country towns of that region. Tundra, a term applied to the immense stretches of flat, boggy, country, extending through the N. part of Siberia and part of Russia, where vegetation takes an arctic character, consisting in large measure of mosses and lichens. They are frozen the greater part of the year. Tunic, in...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 658g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912675
  • 9781236912671