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          Two primary sources of evidence are available as to the racial affinities of the peoples who inhabited eastern North America at the epoch when the megalithic sites were in occupation.  The first and major source of evidence comprises skeletons and skulls excavated from burials where the bones are found in association with artifacts that bear readable inscriptions.  This skull, which closely resembles European types, is from Holliston Mills, eastern Tennessee.  It shows a racial type that occupied the region in early Woodland times and that is associated, at the neighboring site of Snapp's Bridge, with inscribed artifacts bearing Ancient Irish and Basque words and phrases appropriate to the first millennium BC.  Similar remains from a mound near Boston have been amino-acid dated to ca. 5000 BC, these apparently representing the earliest European Atlantic crossings (Fell 1982).  [Photo by Walter Eitel.]