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The Antiquities Of Wisconsin
by Increase Allen Lapham
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First published in 1855 and long out of print, The Antiquities of Wisconsin remains invaluable as a detailed record of Wisconsin's rich archaeological heritage of mounds and mound groups, many of which were later destroyed by farming and urban growth. Lapham was among the first scientists to produce evidence that the earthworks had been built by the ancestors of modern Native Americans, not some mythical "lost race," as was believed by many white authorities of the time. Modern researchers still use Lapham's maps and descriptions to locate vestiges of sites that once existed, or to help reconstruct Wisconsin's ancient cultural landscape. This edition includes an introduction by Wisconsin state archaeologist Robert A. Birmingham.
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Published in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
About the Author
Increase Allen Lapham (1811-1875) was Wisconsin's pioneer scientist and scholar. He made many of the state's earliest maps; published the first book in the state; documented flora and fauna; served as the state's chief geologist; and helped found the U.S. Weather Bureau, the Milwaukee Women's College, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
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