Ancient Pottery Found in Missouri Mounds

A.J. Conant
1878 Scientific American  
The head resembles in form that of the body i with leaves of coca, two muscle shells, and several small sho�n by the bow-knot connecting, the ends. Tht;re was last mentioned. The hair upon it is fine, of a light brown I �hells of the kind before mentioned. The infant was dressed also arou nd the cap a thread with small feathers of dIfferent color, and, when first exposed, was smooth and neatly ar-: m a garment of brown cloth. The head was partly covered colors and a single flint arrow-head
more » ... hed to it as shown ranged in . braids passed across the upper part of the forehead, by a loose cap, lined with a wadding of cotton and hair in Fig. 3 . then carried baCKward and secured on each side of the head covered with red paint. Within it was a large lock of soft Secured to the back by a hair cord, and also by stitches to above the � ars. It is somewhat coarser a�d much . shorter human . hair, on which th � hea. d rested; also, folded in a the outer covering, was a quiver containing five arrows. than the haIr on the head of the man. ThIS body, lIke the small pIece of cloth, and tIed WIth care, was a brown thread The heads are of stone and the shafts which are in two with seven knots in it, and on one end what appears like, parts are about two fe�t long' one of th�se arrows is repre-and probably is, a part of the umbilical cord. Around the sented in Fig. 5 . ' neck wasa green cord with a small shell attached to it. Of this Suspended by a flat belt, passed over the shoulder on one bo. dy, little more t�an the Ekeleton and the scal p , which. is side, was a bag containing leaves of coca (Erythroxylon coca) thIckly covered wIth . very fine da : k . brown .haIr, r�mam. and a thin silver medal. The belt, or band, by which the The ap ,P ear l,l nce of thIS and m, any SImIlar . bodles of mfants bag was secured, is woven and of fine yarn in handsome found m thIS and other Per!-lvIan cemt;tenes shows that no black, white, and brown figures, with a border of red on one efforts were made f � r th � Ir preservatIOn, at least no other side and brown on the other' it is two and a half feet long than, perhaps, by deSICcatIOn. and over an inch wide. Th� bag, measuring seven by eight
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