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1963, 6 x 9", 315 pages, 83 b&w figures, tables, maps, index.

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Archaeology & Anthropology ~ Native American

Mounds for the Dead

by Don W. Dragoo (Click for author info)

Published by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Distributed exclusively by The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company.

$22.95 Softcover
ISBN 0-911239-09-X; 978-0-911239-09-6

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Mounds for the Dead is a classic in the archeology of the eastern United States. When first published in 1963, it was the definitive study of the Adena culture, a burial-cult manifestation in the middle and upper Ohio Valley dating from about 1000 BC to 100 BC. Now in its third printing, Mounds for the Dead is a must for anyone interested in the Adena people.

Dragoo's analysis of the Adena culture opens with a site report of the Cresap Mound, Marshall County, West Virginia, which he excavated in 1958. This virtually intact prehistoric structure represented two periods of interment and contained artifacts associated with 54 burials. Dragoo goes on to discuss the origins of the Adena people, the development of their culture, and their relationship to other groups.