How many hundreds of mounds in this country are situated on the highest hills, surrounded by the most fertile soils?
Clavigero, who was well acquainted with the histories of the Mexicans and Peruvians, professes to point out the places from whence they emigrated; the several places they stopped at; and the times which they continued to sojourn there.In a Mexican drawing in the Vatican library, * I have teaching gifted and talented pupils seen a figure representing Quetzalcoatl appeasing by his penance the wrath of the gods, when, thirteen thousand and sixty years after the creation of the World, (I follow the very vague chronology computed.We view at the same time three mountains higher than Mount Blanc, two of which are still burning volcanoes.It would have taken some time for the seeds of plants and trees to have been completely scattered over a whole country, extensively cultivated by a considerable population.Some have supposed, that they were driven away by powerful foes; but appearances by no means justify this supposition.These shells, found near Lexington, are in the museum.There are three such works between Circleville and Chillicothe, through which the present road passes.This mound was opened under the direction of his Excellency.The salted cake was placed upon the head of the victim.We meet with these tumuli in both hemispheres; in Virginia, and in Canada, as well as in Peru, where numerous galleries, built with stone, and communicating with each other by shafts, fill up the interiour of the huacas, or artificial hills.
Some ideas on this subject may be gathered from the foregoing accounts of their works.
Persons of this class, need not give themselves the useless labour of perusing the remaining part of this memoir.
Which are found in many of the tumuli.
It was originally more than three inches in diameter.An extract from his communication follows, dated, 186 wellsburgh,.The art of this tedious, but beautiful, manufacture was well understood in Mexico, and still exists on the northwest coast of America, and in the islands of the Pacifick ocean.Medals, representing the sun with its rays of light, have been found in the mounds.Compares with the most populous cities of Spain, contains at present scarcely sixteen thousand inhabitants.Of Natchez, by the Hon.An ecclesiastick of the Indian race celebrates mass every day on the top of this antique monument.Did the North American Indians erect any thing like the "walled town" on Paint Creek?Rock crystals, of the most beautiful species, were probably worn as ornaments, one of which I have in my possession.With his discriminating powers of mind the publick are acquainted.