The Lenape Stone H C Mercer

ISBN: 9781500237578

Published: June 18th 2014

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The Lenape Stone  by  H C Mercer

The Lenape Stone by H C Mercer
June 18th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 78 pages | ISBN: 9781500237578 | 5.73 Mb

In claiming an impartial examination of so extraordinary a carving as the Lenape Stone at the hands of archaeologists, the writer has had several difficulties to contend with. First, The fact that, the carving is quite unique, it being the firstMoreIn claiming an impartial examination of so extraordinary a carving as the Lenape Stone at the hands of archaeologists, the writer has had several difficulties to contend with. First, The fact that, the carving is quite unique, it being the first aboriginal carving of the mammoth thus fat claimed to have been discovered in North America.

Second, That no scientific observer was present at the discovery. Third, That since its discovery the Stone has been several times cleaned, and that thereby many geological tests of its authenticity have been rendered impossible. Fourth, That within the last few years, and particularly in Philadelphia, serious frauds have been perpetrated upon lovers of Indian relics. These considerations may well have been sufficient to prejudice the mind of a stranger against the alleged wonderful Indian relic, yet they should in no case suffice to prevent, on the part of the archaeologists, a thorough and impartial examination of all the evidence pertaining to its discovery.

In presenting this and other evidence, the writer has wished only to be impartial, and to be led by the facts as they have presented themselves, and for the examination of which his opportunities have been peculiarly favorable. In his knowledge of the neighborhood and its people (his home), an acquaintance with all the persons concerned, and very frequent visits to the Hansell Farm, nothing has yet occurred to shake his faith in the unimpeachable evidence of an honest discovery.

Yet should any fresh light be brought to bear upon the subject, however at variance with this opinion, it will be welcomed. The appearance in America of a carving of the hairy mammoth, presumably the work of our aborigines, if not a surprise to students of archaeology, would certainly be no less interesting than the French discoveries of some twenty years ago- while the ready connection of the work with the Indian of comparatively recent times, the appearance of human figures in the carving, and of many symbols which seem related to highly important branches of archaeological study, would awaken a more general and enthusiastic interest in the Stone, than has been felt for any other prehistoric representation of the great elephant.

A disbelief in its authenticity would leave us with an interest, not inconsiderable, in the unknown person who, after months of careful Study and preparation, could have conceived and executed so remarkable a fraud.



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