Publications of the Louisiana Historical Society Volume 1-2

Publications of the Louisiana Historical Society Volume 1-2

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... the midst of another such collection of village mounds as I described in Franklin parish. In shape and general appearance they were similar, but varied somewhat in size. Some few reached five feet, while the majority were only three feet and even less. Their base diameters did not exceed thirty feet. I passed from one to another hoping to find some traces of relies on or near the surface, but I failed in every instance. Thorough examina tion of quite a number was easily and quickly made, although the loamy earth was fairly compact and hard. There was no visible stratification, nor did the spade turn up any relics, notwithstanding that each mound was examined beyond the depthof its base. On the map of Black Lake I have placed the mounds as accurately as Icould without making an exact survey. The hospitable residents of that section of the parish informed me that they had never noticed any objects lying about. A great many even had never given a thought, as to whether these mounds were artificial or natural elevations, yet'the main road to Campti leads right past an ancient village which had, perhaps, a larger population than that of the adjacent country at present. The exact number of these mounds was not obtained, as many of them may have escaped notice on account of the undergrowth in the woods. I was told, however, there were fifty or more. The absence of all traces of bones or implements in or on these small structures leaves, in my opinion, but one conclusion. They were the sites upon which the aborigines built their shelters, which in this climate were constructed of very light material. Had they erected their huts upon the level ground every light shower.of rain would have transformed the interior into a miniature pond, for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236917391
  • 9781236917393