Archaeologia Americana: Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society, Volume 1

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American Antiquarian Society, 1820 - United States

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Page 359 - DEAR SIR, — I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the...
Page 283 - Marriage gives no right to the husband over the property of his wife, and when they part, she keeps the children, and the property belonging to them and to her.
Page 66 - The waters which fall from this vast height, do foam and boil after the most hideous manner imaginable, making an outrageous noise, more terrible than that of thunder; for when the wind blows from off the south, their dismal roaring may be heard above fifteen leagues off.
Page 253 - This construction recals to mind that of one of the Egyptian pyramids of Sakharah, which has six stories; and which, according to Pocock, is a mass of pebbles and yellow mortar, covered on the outside with rough stones.
Page 142 - The extreme care of the authors of these works to protect and defend every part of the circle, is no where visible about this square fort. The former is defended by two high walls ; the latter by one. The former has a deep ditch encircling it ; this has none. The former could be entered at one place only ; this at eight, and those about 20 feet broad. The present town of Circleville covers all the round and the western half of the square fort.
Page 263 - Ghizeh and at Sakhara in Egypt ; the triangular pyramid of the Queen of the Scythians, Zarina, which was a stadium high and three in circumference, and which was decorated with a colossal figure ; the fourteen Etruscan pyramids, which are said to have been enclosed in the labyrinth of the king Porsenna, at Clusium ; were reared to serve as the sepulchres of the illustrious dead. Nothing is more natural to men than to commemorate the spot where rest the ashes of those whose memory they cherish, whether...
Page 229 - The warp being extended by some slight kind of machinery, the woof was passed across it, and then twisted every two threads of the warp together, before the second passage of the filling. This seems to have been the first rude method of weaving in Asia, Africa, and America. The second envelope of the mummies is a kind of net work, of coarse threads, formed of very small loose meshes, in which were fixed the feathers of various kinds of birds, so as to make a perfectly smooth surface, lying all in...
Page 256 - Betancourt, at sixty-five; and Clavigero, at sixty-one. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a common soldier in the army of Cortez, amused himself by counting the steps of the staircases, which led to the platform of the teocallis: he found one hundred and fourteen in the great temple of Tenochtitlan, one hundred and seventeen in that of Tezcuco, and one hundred and twenty in that of Cholula. The basis of the pyramid of Cholula is twice as broad as that of Cheops ; but its height is very little more than that...
Page 19 - And be it further enacted, That the said Society may, from time to time, establish rules for electing officers and members, and also...
Page 160 - ... bear. 12. Several large marine shells, belonging perhaps to the genus buccinum, cut in such a manner as to serve for domestic utensils, and nearly converted into a state of chalk.

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