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. 1893 Excerpt: ...tribes unknown to history. Everywere this substratum of human life, more aboriginal than the aborigines, existed. Traces of it are found on every hand. America, as well as the older lands, abounds in astonishing proofs of nations that existed here, even in strength, between whom and the Indian races that held the continent on its opening to civilization as wide a space of time and character exists as that between the rudest of the Red men and their Saxon conquerors. The mound builders have been abroad; and the long, serpentine mole of earth, or conical hill, of artificial construction, standing here and there in the civilized countries of to-day, bear mute, but everlasting testimony of the ancient and undiscoverable peoples who have gone down to dust. It is said by Sir John Lubbock that in the Orkney islands more than a thousand of these tumuli and stone heaps are found. In the Danish. Meaning of the peninsula the number is tumuli and stone.11 j,i monuments. still greater, and it would be safe to say that in America more than ten thousand such monuments of prehistoric times exist. The variety exhibited in these relics of a past age is almost as great as their number. Perhaps a majority of all were intended as monuments to the dead, but the details are different, and many volumes could not contain an elaborate description of all. We know from history that even from the daydawn of authentic story men were disposed to mark the resting place of the dead with a trophy. Pillars were set up as the tangible evidence of important transactions. In general, every crisis in life, as well as its termination, demanded a testimonial. It is said in the Assyrian annals that Semiramis buried her husband under a mound of earth. A stone heap was made over the tomb of the fathe...
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