Report to the Superintendent of the United States Coast Survey upon Ancient Tumuli in East Florida 1875

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American archaeology was in its infancy in 1874 when A.M. Harrison undertook excavation of shell middens in Florida with the goal of moving from “mere antiquarianism” to systematic science. This report for the U.S. Coast Survey reveals the methods, theories, and challenges of the time. Help others learn more about the development of archaeology through reports in collections at the Smithsonian Institution National Anthropological Archives with your transcription.

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