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148 Ohio Arch

148       Ohio Arch. and His. Society Publications.


Really of what value to any one are the opinions of Mr.

Fowke ?

The society cannot afford to become sponsors for Mr.

Fowkes' eccentricities. It is far better that the entire edition be

suppressed and all the books sent out recalled, than that the soci-

ety should suffer from this most inconsiderate of books.

If the Executive Committee will take such action it will not

only meet with my approval but I will advocate the same before

the entire Board of Trustees.







[The following interesting review of Mr. Fowke's ARCHAEOLOGICAL

HISTORY OF OHIO, is from the Toledo Blade of June 26, 1902.]

Archaeology, in its widest sense, is the science of antiquities.

It investigates the relics of man and his industries, and classifies

his remains and records of every kind from the past. In the

United States the domain of archaeology covers everything con-

nected with the inhabitants down to the period when the whites

came upon the scene.

The Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society has just is-

sued a volume of 760 pages, entitled Archaeology of Ohio: The

Mound Builders and Later Indians. It is written by Mr. Gerard

Fowke, of Chillicothe, whose name and work are well known to

all who are familiar with the archaeological and scientific progress

of the past score of years.

Mr. Fowke's book is written for the general reader, not for

the specialist or scientist. There are very many persons inter-

ested in American antiquities who have neither time nor oppor-

tunity to obtain and read the vast amount of literature which has

accumulated, especially since the publication of Squier and Davis's

researches in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, over

a half-century ago. In the present work, so much of this matter

as relates to Ohio antiquities will be found in compact form. As

certain features of Ohio achaeology, however, can not be well