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A New Hochelagan Burying-ground Discovered at Westmount on the Western Spur of Mount Royal, Montreal, July-September, 1898   By: (1857-1954)

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A New Hochelagan Burying-ground Discovered at Westmount on the Western Spur of Mount Royal, Montreal is a meticulous and captivating exploration of a significant archaeological find. Authored by W. D. Lighthall, this book delves into the fascinating history and cultural heritage of the Hochelagan people.

Lighthall's attention to detail is admirable, as he meticulously documents the discovery and excavation process of this ancient burial ground. The tone is academic and scholarly, making the book a valuable resource for researchers and historians interested in the Indigenous peoples of the region. Lighthall's passion for preserving and understanding the past shines through each page, making the book engaging and thought-provoking.

Through careful analysis of the burial ground, Lighthall uncovers a wealth of knowledge about the Hochelagan way of life. He examines the artifacts found, discusses their significance, and offers interpretations of their cultural and historical context. Readers gain a deeper understanding of the traditions, customs, and practices of the Hochelagan people, illuminating a part of history that is often overlooked.

Lighthall's writing is clear and concise, making complex archaeological concepts accessible to a wide audience. While the subject matter may appeal more strongly to those with a particular interest in archaeology or Native American history, the book’s engaging narrative style ensures that it remains accessible to anyone curious about uncovering the mysteries of the past.

One particularly commendable aspect of this book is how Lighthall respectfully acknowledges the Hochelagan people and their descendants throughout his research. He meticulously recounts their history, ensuring their voice is given the importance it deserves. This approach adds a layer of depth and authenticity to the narrative, creating a holistic understanding of the people being studied.

In conclusion, A New Hochelagan Burying-ground Discovered at Westmount on the Western Spur of Mount Royal, Montreal is an essential addition to the field of Native American studies and archaeology. Lighthall's dedication and passion for his subject matter are evident throughout the book, making it an engaging and enlightening read. Whether you are an academic, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about the past, this book offers a profound perspective on a rich cultural heritage that should not be forgotten.

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Privately printed for the writer by Alphonse Pelletier Printer to the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal


The above title is provisional as respects the term "Hochelagan." All those who are interested in the Indians of old Hochelaga, or in the Mohawks with whom they seem to have had a close and not yet fully ascertained race relationship, will be pleased to learn of the discovery of a prehistoric burying ground which is probably one of their race, the only one heretofore known having been on the borders of their town itself, about upper Metcalfe street, Montreal. The new one is on the upper level (not the top) of Westmount, which is the south western prolongation of Mount Royal, and the four or five graves thus far found are scattered at considerable intervals over an an area of about 600 by 300 yards, nearly bounded by Argyle, Montrose and Aberdeen Avenues and the Boulevard, three of the graves being a little outside of these limits. A number of years ago a skeleton was discovered, near the surface, on the cutting of Argyle Avenue on about a westerly line from the residence of Mr. Earle. As the remains were rumored to be possibly Indian, Mr... Continue reading book >>

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