Records of Ancient Races in the Mississippi Valley; Being an Account of Some of the Pictographs, Sculptured Hieroglyphs, Symbolic Devices, Emblems and Traditions of the Prehistoric Races of America, with Some Suggestions as to Their Origin

Records of Ancient Races in the Mississippi Valley; Being an Account of Some of the Pictographs, Sculptured Hieroglyphs, Symbolic Devices, Emblems and Traditions of the Prehistoric Races of America, with Some Suggestions as to Their Origin

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...of the hands, even to the finger-nails, on the surface of some of the unfinished specimens of the mound pottery. Their customs are shown, and as will be seen, quite possibly some of the symbolic devices referring to their religion. In excavating near the base of the great temple mound of Cahokia, whose towering height of over one hundred feet gave a grateful shade for our labors, we found in a crumbling tomb of earth and stone a great number of burial vases, over one hundred of which were quite perfect. It was a most singular collection, as if the MoundBuilder, with patient and skillful hand, united with artistic taste in shaping the vessels, had endeavored to make a representation of the natural history of the country in ceramics. Some of these were painted, and there were also the paint-pots and dishes holding the colors, together with the little bone paddle for mixing, and other implements of the aboriginal artist. Some of these are figured in our "Antiquities of Cahokia.'" CHAPTER XIV Plctooraphs And Hieroglyphic Inscriptions On The Pottery.--A Burial Vase From A Mound On The Illinois River.--The Shell Spoon.--Remains Of The Food In The Vessels.--Whole Ears Of Charred Corn.--The Great Number Of These Vases, And Their Curious Evidence, --The Mound-builders Religion And Belief In After Life.--Similar Customs In Europe.--The Figure Of The Cross On The Vessels.--The Cross Of The Egyptians.--The Cross Of The Chinese.--Its Recurrence Common In America. 't&tfe have found a number of pieces of this mound pottery, on SJf-lI$ which are delineated, either by incision or by painting, a variety of pictographs or hieroglyphic inscriptions, some of which are similar to those we have described as being carved or painted on the rocky bluffs...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657902X
  • 9781236579027