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Michigan

Ancient Garden Beds

Schoolcraft was the first to give to the world any accurate and systematic account of these " furrows." Indeed, he is the only author of note who honors this interesting class of the works of the Mound-Builders with more than the most meagre mention. Observations were made by him as early as 1827. He gives figures of two kinds of beds, and he records the fact, that " the garden beds, and not the mounds, form the most prominent, and, by far, the most striking and characteristic antiquarian monuments of this district of country." Another writer of early date, still resident of our State, John T. Blois, published, in 1839, in his " Gazetteer of Michigan," a detailed description, with a diagram, of one kind of the beds. No mention is made of these remains by Priest or by Baldwin. Foster devotes to them less than a single page of his voluminous work, and only says, in effect, that " they certainly indicate a methodical cultivation which was not practiced by the red man."

Farming


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