A Serpent's Tale: Discovering America's Ancient Mound by Lorett Treese

By Lorett Treese

The attention-grabbing tale of the enigmatic monuments that encouraged American archaeology

When American settlers first crossed the Appalachian Mountains they have been surprised to find that the desolate tract past contained old ruins—large man-made mounds and enclosures, and ambitious earthen sculptures, corresponding to a huge serpent. experiences trickled again to the keen ears of President Thomas Jefferson and others. in spite of the fact that, such a lot didn't think those earthworks had something to do with local american citizens; relatively, given the serious curiosity within the background of Western Civilization on the time, it turned well known to invest that the ruins were outfitted through refugees from Greece, Rome, Egypt—or even the misplaced continent of Atlantis. because their discovery, the mounds have attracted either students and quacks, from the early investigations subsidized through the then new Smithsonian establishment to the visions of the yankee psychic Edgar Cayce.

As Lorett Treese explains in her interesting historical past A Serpent’s story: studying America’s old Mound Builders, the enigmatic nature of those antiquities fueled either fanciful claims and clinical inquiry. Early on, the earthworks started to fall to agricultural and concrete improvement. knowing that in basic terms cautious on-site research may perhaps show the mysteries of the mounds, students hastened to record and classify them, giving upward thrust to American archaeology as a self-discipline. study made it attainable to split the Mound developers into 3 specific pre-contact local American cultures. extra lately, Mound Builder is still have attracted the practitioners of latest disciplines like archaeoastronomy who recommend they might have functioned as calendars. there's no doubt that the deserted monuments that made the Midwest’s Ohio Valley the birthplace of yank archaeology haven't begun to bare the entire wisdom they include at the day-by-day lives and global perspectives of people of North American prehistory.

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