Smithsonian Publishes "Archeology of United States"

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Samuel Foster Haven's "Archaeology of the United States," a comprehensive survey of American anthropology to-date prepared "by special request of the [Smithsonian] Institution," is published in volume 8 of Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. First Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry sees this survey as an important synthesis of work that had been done in this area, and ensures that it is free of speculation regarding the widely-held theory that a distinct race of mound-builders, separate from North American Indians, had once existed.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Haven, Samuel Foster
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • This publication can be found at
  • Curtis M. Hinsley, Jr., The Smithsonian and the American Indian: Making a Moral Anthropology in Victorian America, Smithsonian Institution Press: 1994, p. 40.
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Vol. 8, Article 2. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1856.

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