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Foot-Prints of Vanished Races

in the Mississippi Valley

A. J. Conant  - 1879

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

A rare and early work that is frequently referenced in other titles on U.S. Archaeology.   Items of interest include: the Big Mound of St. Louis (right across the river from Cahokia Mound),  which was the largest sepulchral mound in the Untied States  before it was leveled for the expansion of St. Louis and the stone works of Louisiana, Missouri.

One of the first works describing mounds in detail, Conant stated in the preface:

Notwithstanding all this labor and study, the great questions continually repeated, which were suggested when our antiquities were first noticed, still remain unanswered; namely: Who were the authors of these works? What was their origin, and what were the causes of their disappearance? Were they the red men found in possession of the continent at the time of its discovery? I am not aware that the opinion that the red men were the authors of the most extensive works, though maintained by some scholars of high repute, is held by any who have given them personal and thorough examination. The earlier travellers who stumbled upon them in the wilderness, or on the prairie, express their astonishment at their magnitude and the skill displayed in their erection.

This 7" x 10", soft cover, facsimile reprint contains: 122 pages and numerous illustrations and full page plates of mound diagrams, artifacts, pottery, etc.   $12.95


Stone Works of  Louisiana, MO The Big Mound of St. Louis, MO

Royal Cemetery Mound Group

Artifacts and Pottery, New Madrid, MO

Sample  Plates - click on image to enlarge