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Michigan

Mound Builders

I found this pottery to be of rather a coarser description than usual, and marked abundantly with the cord pattern, known to be of such frequent employ ment, but in this instance made with a large cord or small rope. The side so ornamented was invariably concave, while the other side was convex and unsmoothed, different from any other specimens I have seen elsewhere. So rough and unfinished was the unornamented side that it had every appearance of having been pressed upon the ground while yet plastic, and sand, and even gravel, adhering to it, confirmed this impres sion. After having viewed the evidences I had no longer any great difficulty in receiving the statements previously made. My chief informant was perfectly uneducated in such matters, and even attributed the peculiar formation lining the sides of the grave to the coagulation and final hardening of blood, accounting for its presence in such large quantity by presuming a battle to have been fought in the vicinity. The few fragments of human bones, which, on this occasion were exhumed with the pottery, were in the last stages of decay.

Michigan Mound Builders


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