Archaeologia Americana: Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society, Volume 1

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American Antiquarian Society, 1820 - United States

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Page 285 - Marriage gives no right to the husband over the property of his wife, and when they part, she keeps the children, and the property belonging to them and to her.
Page 68 - The waters which fall from this vast height, do foam and boil after the most hideous manner imaginable, making an outrageous noise, more terrible than that of thunder; for when the wind blows from off the south, their dismal roaring may be heard above fifteen leagues off.
Page 255 - Teotihuacan had four principal stories, each of which was subdivided into steps, the edges of which are still to be distinguished. The nucleus is composed of clay mixed with small stones ; and it is encased by a thick wall of tezontli, or porous amygdaloid. This construction recalls to mind that of one of the Egyptian pyramids of Sakharah, which has six stories ; and which, according to Pocock, is a mass of pebbles and yellow mortar, covered on the outside with rough stones.
Page 435 - PILLAR," a distance of about one mile and a quarter, the visitor finds an alternate succession of large and small rooms, variously decorated ; sometimes mounting elevated points by gradual or difficult ascents, and again descending as far below; sometimes travelling on a pavement, or climbing over huge piles of rocks, detached from the roof by some convulsion of nature, — and thus continues his route, until he arrives at the Pillar. - " The aspect of this large and stately white column, as it comes...
Page 231 - The warp being extended by some slight kind of machinery, the woof was passed across it, and then twisted every two threads of the warp together, before the second passage of the filling. This seems to have been the first rude method of weaving in Asia, Africa, and America. The second envelope of the mummies is a kind of net work, of coarse threads, formed of very small loose meshes, in which were fixed the feathers of various kinds of birds, so as to make a perfectly smooth surface, lying all in...
Page 251 - Cicimecks, the Acolhuans, the Tlascaltecks, and the Aztecks, who, notwithstanding their political divisions, spoke the same language, followed the same worship, and built pyramidal edifices, which they regarded as teocallis, that is to say, the houses of their gods.
Page 214 - The crown of the head is covered by a cap of a pyramidical figure,with a flattened, circular summit, ending at the apex, with a round button. The ears are large, extending as low as the chin. The features resemble many of those engraved for Raffle's History ; and the cap resembles Asiatick head dresses. The foregoing was taken from an essay in the " Western Review,
Page 258 - Betancourt, at sixty-five; and Clavigero, at sixty-one. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a common soldier in the army of Cortez, amused himself by counting the steps of the staircases, which led to the platform of the teocallis: he found one hundred and fourteen in the great temple of Tenochtitlan, one hundred and seventeen in that of Tezcuco, and one hundred and twenty in that of Cholula. The basis of the pyramid of Cholula is twice as broad as that of Cheops ; but its height is very little more than that...
Page 245 - ... Mexicans were mostly of earth, and not much superior to the common ones on the Mississippi." The same may be said of the works of this sort over the whole earth, which is the evidence that all alike belong to the first efforts of men in the very first ages after the flood. " But afterwards temples were erected on the elevated squares, circles, &c., but were still, like ours, surrounded by walls of earth. These sacred places, in Mexico, were called ' teocalli? which in the vernacular tongue of...
Page 111 - Our antiquities belong not only to different eras, in point of time, but to several nations ; and those articles, belonging to the same era and the same people, were intended by their authors to be applied to many different uses. ' We shall divide these antiquities into three classes. 1. Those belonging to Indians 2. To people of European origin ; and 3.

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