The coins, though much defaced by time, have the appearance of those among the Romans in the days of Cicero Africanus, though there were evident traces of hieroglyphic devices that cannot be deciphered. Knouff, have examined them as well as they could without going down into them, also the bones raked out, and the chains and coins, and all give it as their opinion that these vaults were made by the same people who built the mounds in the southern part of the State. This is creditable, and shows decidedly an awakened interest on this little-understood subject of early American history.
The men at the cemetery have, by means of burning straw, made light in the vault, though none have the courage to venture further than the entrance, it has been discovered that there is, immediately to the west of the opening, a chamber about ten feet square, with steps quite dilapidated, down its eastern side. But, in searching after facts, let us not be deceived by every fabulous statement which meets our eye.
He was the author of The Mound Builders and their Monuments and one frequently sees advertisements for his lectures on early American antiquities.
These were recognized by scientists as bones of animals and not gigantic humans.
According to the History of Jackson County, the area was rich in Mound Builder artifacts, rock shelters/caves full of ashes and relics, and the odd human skeleton, either Native American or settler.
He was fox hunting, when the fox ran under the rocks, and he going in after it, saw something which he took to be a gourd. He then found in a depression in the rocks the entire skeleton.
It was lying face downwards, and the bones were cramped as if the body had been doubled and crowded into the depression in the rocks.
The lecturer is entirely familiar with his subject, from long and close application and research.
Somehow I suspect that the author of the letter was Dr Wills De Hass himself, both debunking the original story (“Apocryphal” is so much more genteel than “fake.”) and promoting his own lecture in New York. De Hass [1817-1910], a native Pennsylvanian, had a special interest in local history and archaeology.
If “Roman coin,” what new title could they show to “hieroglyphics?
” But this subject will be more thoroughly investigated.
This new account of the “mysterious” discoveries comes from the same region, and, as it has an extremely questionable air, the probabilities are that it owes its origin to the same source.