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Michigan

Mound Builders

Time will not permit me to speak of a number of other mounds which have came under my observation. A remarkable series of those works occurs at Beaver Harbor, on Beaver island, in lake Michigan. A very limited and hurried examination which I made of the group in 1871, sufficiently satisfied me as to their ancient origin. They appear to be of the same character as the mounds on the Detroit river, and those at the foot of lake Huron. They were probably largely used for purposes of sepulture. From the success attending my brief labors it would appear that the more valued relics of the Mound-builders have been here deposited in unusual abundance. Highly wrought stone implements, many of them being of uncommonly skillful workmanship, are frequently encountered. They are formed of a great variety of stone, such as diorite, or greenstone, sienite, shale and chert, many of them being finely polished. One of the handsomest stone axes I ever saw was taken out at this place; it is made from sienite, a favorite material for this implement, and the handicraft displayed in its construction is of the highest order.

Michigan Mound Builders


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