Cyrus Thomas

(1825 - 1910)

Born in Kingsport, Tennessee, Cyrus Thomas dabbled in medicine, law, government, and religion before settling into a career as an entomologist and archaeologist. While running the Division of Mound Exploration at the Bureau of Ethnology under John Wesley Powell, he confirmed that the mounds dotting the landscape across the midwest and southeast had been built by Native Americans, and not some yet-to-be-unearthed extinct race, as was widely and incorrectly believed at the time.

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Voices In Time

1869 | Washington, DC

Theory and Practice

Cyrus Thomas predicts “a gradual increase of moisture.” More

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