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Descriptive catalogue of the archaeological, historical and artistic collections of Eufemio Abadiano (Archaeology)

Descriptive catalogue of the archaeological, historical and artistic collections of Eufemio Abadiano

     Desirous that the monuments of American antiquity that are found scattered throught the continent, many of which are now ready to be lost sight of, may be better known and studied by the scientific world, we have formed the project of gathering togheter in one grand collection their exact reproductions, along with everything in the way of publications and explanations relative thereto. The only records left us by the primitive races of this continent are their monuments, the archaeological value of the study of which needs not to be dwelt upon.
     They reveal to us the degree of scientific and artistic culture to which some of these peoples, apart entirely from all contact with the old world, had arrived. Our present collection, brought togheter unde innumerable difficulties and at great cost, while it is composed of the most valuable of American antiquities (comprising the most notable possesions of The National Museum of Mexico and monuments from various parts of that republic) is not yet as complete as we would desire, and will be added to in the future as opportunity may present.
     If we have committed errors in this catalog in ours efforts to throw a little light on these relics of ancient American civilization there are those who are wiser than we that will detect them, and, we hope, will excuse them, taking into account the little that is known as yet of American archaeology. In the brief explanations here given, though most insufficient for the importance of the subject, serve to give to those unacquainted with ancient American history a slight knowledge of the civilization the flourished here in the past, and awaken a desire for further research on a topic so entertaining, we shall be content.

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