Squier, E. G.; Aboriginal Monuments of the State of New-York. Comprising the results of Original Surveys and Explorations; with an Illustrative Appendix. Extract, Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge, Vol. 2, Washington DC, 1849. Large quarto, pp. 188, 14 plates, 72 text figures.
The work is complete and in later linen covered board with title label on cover. Binding is clean with restoration along spine margin, text is clean, plates with light foxing. X-lib Haverford College, MaGill Library with bookplate and cancelled stamp. In very good condition.
Ephraim George Squier (June 1821 – 1888), was an American archaeologist, history writer, painter and newspaper editor, While still a youth he became interested in American antiquities. His first work was in collaboration with Edwin H. Davis and a survey of the ancient monuments and mounds of the Mississippi Valley. The resulting publication appeared in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge in 1848 and is considered a classic in American archeology. This was soon followed by his second publication in the Smithsonian Contributions in 1849 which covers sites in New York. The two works are amongst the first to advance archeology as a scientific discipline in the United States. Within the New York State survey Squier uses a county by county systematic approach to analyzing and documenting the sites surveyed.