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Explorations of the Aboriginal Remains of Tennessee

Joseph Jones, M.D. (1876)


 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

The book that presented the antiquities of Tennessee to the world.  Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, number 259.  This rare and expensive original is now affordable for everyone.

"The following explorations among the Mounds, Earthworks, and Stone-graves of the Aborigines of Tennessee, were commenced in the early part of 1868, and were continued to the close of 1869.
The inductive method was followed in the entire investigation, and in presenting an outline of the explorations the effort has been made to accomplish two results:
     1st. The accurate description of the aboriginal remains.
     2d. The collection and classification of such facts as bore on their obscure history.
With the limited means at the command of the author, and with numerous pressing professional duties and cares, he was unable to carry forward the explorations on the scale which their importance demanded; but it is hoped that these imperfect labors may prove of some service to future explorers in this interesting field."


This 8-1/4" x 10-3/4", soft cover, facsimile reprint contains: 171 pages and 85 illustrations.  $16.95


Sample  Plates - click on image to enlarge


  I. Burial caves
 II. Modes of burial practised by the aborigines of America Stone graves
III. Mounds, fortifications, and earthworks
     Stone-grave burial mounds
     Sacrificial and burial mounds
IV. Earthworks an the Big Harpeth River
 V. Earthworks on West Harpeth and Big Harpeth Rivers
      Earthworks at Old-Town
VI. The Stone Fort and other aboriginal remains
       Aboriginal remains in Maury County
VII. Relics from the mounds and stone-graves
       Stone and clay images
      Shell, pearl, and copper ornaments
      Aboriginal rock-paintings
      Implements of stone employed for mechanical purposes
      Stone and earthenware vessels
VIII. General conclusions