Prehistoric Conditions | History of America

Prehistoric Conditions in USA. It was long the fashion to think of the “Indians” whom Columbus found as degenerate relics of a noble civilization. Crude ruins were investment with a meaning and an antiquity that the science of to day finds ludicrous. The myths of the mound builders are the most vivid example. Thousands of these curious artificial hillocks are in scattering about the United States. In some of them are skeletons, bits of pottery, weapons and utensils of various sort. Besides to these were added various forgeries of inscriptions by those enthusiastic and laborious practical jokers who make the life of the antiquary one of exquisite terror.

Upon a solution of the mysterious of the mounds, scholars of wide learning, deep thoroughness and complete honesty spent years of research and printed their opinions in hundreds of volumes. An elephant of imagination is necessary to a constructive scientists, but in American archaeology it was given the free reign. European traders made pipes and trinkets, bartered to the Indians. They found among their relics and thought to be the ancient vestiges of a civilization highly advance in art.

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The famous ruined tower at new port that got credit to Norse colonists ages before Columbus. Because people said to be of an unknown style of architecture. Yet Governor spoke of it, Arnold in 1677 as my stone built windmill and as Palfrey shows an almost exact duplicate of it. Probably its original is in Chesterton in England.

The notorious Dighton rock near Berkeley, Massachusetts, was solemnly acceptance as a mysterious Phoenician or Norse incription, though even George Washington smilingly said he recognized its close resemblance to battle accounts or hunt-records. He himself had seen the Indians carving on trees and school craft, on showing a copy of it to an old Indian chief, told that it was easily translatable save for a few characters. Yet the simplest and nearest at hand explanation was as usual the last to tried.

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