Monday, January 13, 2014

Indiana Man Shares Mound Builder Artifacts and Giant Skeletons with Smithsonian

Indiana Man Shares Mound Builder Artifacts and Giant Skeletons with 


Evening Star, September 14, 1897, 

     M. G. Mock of Muncie Ind., who has a large collection of Indian and Mound builders relic 

and curiosities, was at the Smithsonian Institution yesterday. Mr. Mock has probably 

10,000 objects in his collection, which he has gotten together simply to gratify a taste of his 

own in this regard. He has been making the collection for thirteen years and is exceedingly 

proud of his acquisitions. Whenever Mr. Mock is in Washington he visits the Smithsonian to 

have a chat with the heads of the department of prehistoric anthropology, compare notes 

with them and examine any new objects of interest which have been secured by the 

institution since his previous visit.  Mr. Mock has been in mounds in many of the states, 

delving for the relics of the mysterious race who buried their dead and then erected the 

mounds as monumentsThe more prominent the persons are, too, the more relics are found 

about them.  Pottery is often found in the mounds, but is generally in imperfect condition. 

Some of the skeletons found in the mounds have been those of men of gigantic proportions, 

seven feet or more in height." Mr. Mock is a prominent member of the Order of Red Men 

and was passing through Washington to attend the convention in Philadelphia.