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Samuel Foster Haven

(1806—1881)


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(1806–81) [Bi]

American antiquary and librarian of the American Antiquarian Society. In 1856 he published a remarkable book, Archaeology of the United States (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution), which distilled all that was known about the prehistory of North America at that time. In it, he argued that the native American Indians were of high antiquity and that their ancestors had been responsible for constructing and using the great earthen mounds and platforms known in central and eastern parts of North America.

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C. Deane, 1885, Memoir of Samuel F. Haven. Cambridge, MA: John Wilson

Subjects: Archaeology.


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