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Giants from Iowa Mounds

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The most remarkable assemblage of prehistoric mounds in the United States.

both for number and size, is the famous
Cahokia group, opposite St. Louis, in
Illinois. Man sucyh tumuli contain thou
sands of skulls, showing that they were
us-d for burial purposes. In an Iowa
mound was found the skeleton of a gianf
who must have been six inches over
seven feet in height. Around his neek
was a collar of bears’ teeth. A skull
from a mound in Alabama was entirely
filled with small snail shells. The puz
ale is to imagine why. In another mound
the government experts came across a
large central chamber, in which were 11
skeletons, arranged in a circle with their
backs against the walls, while in iheir
midst was a great sea shell which had
been converted into a drinking cup.

A farmer in Bollinger county, Mo.,
while plowing over a mound, struck a
stone coffin containing a skeleton and a
gourd-shaped vessel filled with lead ore
so pure that he turned it into bullets. It
was not uncommon for the builders of
such tumuli to inter their dead in cof
fins of the kind cysts, that is to say,
walled with slabs oi stone. Some of the
mounds hold caehee filled with cent,

evi-dently many centuries old. In one near
.ird with many perforations. Its use is
a mystery, but probably it had some
magical significance, and belonged to a
prehistoric medicine man. The famous
Hope mound, in Florida, yielded eopper
breastplates set with pearls; and in
other mounds in the same state the ex
cavators came across eopper snakes of
highly artistic workmanship.


El Paso herald., December 14, 1912, Week-End Edition, Section A, Page 4-A, Image 20
About El Paso herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931



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