Archaeologia Americana: Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society

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American Antiquarian Society, 1820 - United States - 59 pages
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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 69 - ... his knees to say his prayers and prepare himself for death, except our pilot, whom we could never oblige to pray; and he did nothing all that while but curse and swear against M.
Page 136 - ... feet high, near which are four small excavations at equal distances, and opposite each other, At the southwest corner of the fort is a semicircular parapet, crowned with a mound, which guards the opening in the wall. Towards the southeast, is a smaller fort, containing 20 acres, with a gateway in the centre of each side and at each corner. These gateways are defended by circular mounds.
Page 378 - ... it in a sitting posture, resembling that in which they crouched round the fire or the table when alive, with the elbows on the knees, and the palms of the hands against the cheeks. No part of the body touched the outside of the grave, which was covered with wood and mats, until all the relations had examined it. When the customary examinations and inspections were ended, the hole was filled, and the bodies afterwards remained undisturbed. — The hair of the deceased was kept tied behind. In...
Page 435 - ... feet, and in breadth from ten to twenty. In this distance the roof is, in some places, arched ; in others a plane, and in one place, particularly, it resembles an inside view of the roof of a house.- At the distance above named the cave forks ; but the right hand fork soon terminates, while the left rises by a flight of rocky stairs, nearly ten feet high, into another story, and pursues a course, at this place, nearly south-east. Here the roof commences a regular arch, the height of which,' from...
Page 251 - Among those swarms of nations, which, from the seventh to the twelfth century of the Christian era, successively inhabited the country of Mexico, five are enumerated, the Toltecks, the 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...
Page 141 - There are two forts, one being an exact circle, the other an exact square. The former is surrounded by two walls, with a deep ditch between them ; the latter is encompassed by one wall, without any ditch. The former was 69 feet in diameter, measuring from outaide to outside of the circular outer wall ; the latter is exactly 55 rods square, measuring the same way.
Page 225 - These mirrors were very thick, otherwise they would not have reflected the light. I am disposed to believe, although their houses in some instances might have been built of stone and brick, as in the walled town on Paint Creek, and some few other places, yet that their habitations were of wood, or that they dwelt in tents ; otherwise their ruins would be more frequently met with: in every part of this great country. Along the Ohio, where the river is in many places wearing and washing away its banks,...
Page 231 - 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 one direction. The art of this tedious, but beautiful manufacture, was well understood in Mexico, and still exists on the northwest coast of America, and in the islands of the Pacific Ocean.
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. Those of that people who raised our ancient forts and tumuli.

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