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Mound Builders
     

Mound Builders

by Robert Silverberg
 

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Silverberg recounts the outlandish myths devised to explain the curious earthworks of the eastern United States, which he then accurately restores to Native American prehistory.

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Silverberg recounts the outlandish myths devised to explain the curious earthworks of the eastern United States, which he then accurately restores to Native American prehistory.

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The Atlantic Monthly
Our forebears, finding large, incomprehensible earthworks scattered down the Mississippi Valley, refused to believe they were built by the aborigines who still cluttered up the place and impeded settlement. Mr. Silverberg describes, with gleeful and copious quotation, the nineteenth-century literature of speculation which attributed these monuments to Phoenicians, stray Vikings, the lost tribes of Israel, refugees from Atlantis, an extinct race of giants, and Welshmen. The book, which is charmingly written, ends with a history of the archaeological work which gave the mounds back to the Indians.

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ISBN-13:
9780821203422
Publisher:
Little, Brown & Company
Publication date:
05/01/1970

Meet the Author

Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such classic books such as Gilgamesh the King, Dying Inside, Nightwings, and Lord Valentine’s Castle. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards—including one for the short story Passengers—and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award.

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