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Work focuses on "objects found in mounds and other burial-places of early date, on and below the surface of the ground, in caves, shell-heaps, ... all articles of aboriginal workmanship that cannot with certainty be ascribed to any of the tribes which are still in existence or have become extinct within historical times."


  • Rau, Charles 1826-1887
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


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Illustrations include objects of flaked and chipped stone, pecked, ground and polished stone, copper, bone, shells, clay, wood, as well as hafted stone weapons, and hafted stone and bone tools.

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