Lost Race Myth
By K. Kris Hirst, About.com
While the American continent was being settled by Europeans, the new settlers began to notice large earthworks, clearly man made, all over the North American continent. Because the new Euroamericans could not, or did not want to, believe that the mounds had been built by the Native American peoples they were displacing as fast as they could, some scholars believed in a "lost race of moundbuilders", supposedly an extinct race of superior beings who built the pyramids.
By the late 1870s, scholarly research (led by Cyrus Thomas and Henry Schoolcraft) discovered there was no physical difference between the people buried in the mounds and modern Native Americans. Still, the "lost race" myth continues to get play in some circles.Also Known As: Moundbuilder Myth, lost tribe of Israel ............ There were no ancient Vikings in Wisconsin?
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