Bee Hive Tombs May Trace Cherokee Roots to Scotland

Bee Hive Tombs May Trace Cherokee Roots to Scotland


Bee-Hive Stone Tombs in Burial Mound in North Carolina

The Mound Builders: their Works and Relics. By Rev. Stephen D. Peet., 1892
     The bee-hive vault has been dwelt upon as proff, but the bee-hive vault resembles the bee-hive huts, which are common in Scotland,as much as it does any structure found in Southern Ohio. Shall we say that these bee-hive vaults prove Cherokees to have come from Scotland? The Cherokee are said to have been very white, and might almost be called white Indians. Shall we trace the Cherokee back to the white race, which according to some, was allied to the Aryan? Their language is said to be related to the Dakotas. The ealiest known migrations of the Dakotas from the east. Shall we then, trace both the Dakotas and Cherokee back to the isalnd of Great Britain, making their route of their migration to be the way by Iceland and the coast of Labrador, and take the coincidence between the bee-hive huts and bee hive vaults and make out a case in that way?

                                                              Bee-hive tomb in Scotland

Smithsonian Insitute Bureau of Ethnology 1890-91

..located on the farm of Rev. T.F. Nelson, in the northwest part of the county, and about a mile and a half southeast of Patterson. It stood on the bottom land of the Yadkin, about 100 yards from the river, and was almost a true circle in outline, 38 feet in diameter, but not exeeding at any point 18 inches in height. The thorough excavation made, in which Mr. Rogan, the Bureau agent, was assisted by Dr. J.M. spainhour, of Lenoir, showed that the original constructers had first dug a circular pit about 38 feet in diameter to the depth of 3 feet and there placed the dead, some in stone cist and others uninclosed, and afterwards covered them over, raising a slight mound above the pit. A plan of the pit, showing the stone graves and skeletons as they appeared after the removal of the dirt and before being disturbed, is given in figure. 207......No. 16 was uninclosed "squatter" of unusually large size, not less than 7 feet high when living. Near the mouth was an entire soapstone pipe; the legs were extended in a southwest direction upon a bed of burnt earth.

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