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Title: The Mound Builders
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The race known as Mound Builders is certainly pre-historic, and most of the articles and books that have been written on this ancient people have been mere conjecture, and the putting together of certain facts and arriving at certain conclusions; whether these were correct or incorrect no one will probably ever know. They existed, they labored as tillers of the soil, and had implements far in advance of those found among the North American Indians, and were idolatrous and worshiped the lower animals, as is seen by the images they left behind them. Some authorities claim they were the ancestors of the Indians, and that the lapse of several thousand years will account for the divergence in habit and osseous structure, while others insist that they were a distinct race of people, and that the lapse of the probable time between the lives of the two races will not account for such divergence. All agree, however, that the Mound Builder, whoever he was and wherever he might have originated, was an agriculturist and cultivated the soil with rudely made instruments; wove rude cloth from bark and weeds, and erected huge earthen structures of various forms and size. In Warren county, Indiana, three kinds of mounds are found as monuments to that long forgotten race of people--sepulchral, sacrificial and memorial. Within the first class are found the crumbling skeletons of this people, besides various trinkets or ornaments. Withing the second class are baked clay altars upon which are heaps of ashes, charcoal, and very often burnt fragments of human bones. The sacrifices to the deity were offered on these altars. The third class contain nothing whatever. They seem to have been erected, like our modern-day monuments, such as Bunker Hill, to commemorate some important tribal event. Mounds are found in Medina, Pine, Prairie, Adams, Liberty, Mound and other townships in the county.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001559
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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