Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large accumulation of shells, usually mixed with bones of animals, ashes, bits of charcoal, and utensils of various kinds, the whole being the remains of a dwelling-place of a race subsisting chiefly on shell-fish.

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Examples

  • I had once a like pleasure in raking over an Indian shell-heap with

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 87, March, 1875

  • All from each shell-heap are kept together, and specimens may thus be compared with one another all along the coast-line; or the visitor may go to another room, where the great Rose collection from

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • All the objects found in a particular spot -- taken from one grave or a single shell-heap, or, in wider range, belonging to the same geographical region -- are kept together, no matter how dissimilar the associated articles may be.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • He remarked that he 'd like to walk over an' see the shell-heap; so she went right to the door and pointed him the way.

    The Hermitage

  • No, 't is a dreadful small place to make a world of; it has a different look from any of the other islands, but there 's a sheltered cove on the south side, with mud-flats across one end of it at low water where there 's excellent clams, and the big shell-heap keeps some o 'the wind off a little house her father took the trouble to build when he was a young man.

    Poor Joanna

  • To these they added a plentiful supply of clams, which they dug with sharp sticks, at low tide, far out across the sand-flats -- toiling for all the world like two of the identical savages who in the long ago, a thousand or five thousand years before the white man came to America, had left shell-heap middens along the north Atlantic coast.

    Darkness and Dawn

  • Apart from the rough evidence furnished by the quality of the relics, calculations have been made of the age of an important shell-heap by assuming that it originally stood at the seaside, and by estimating the number of years required to separate it by the present interval from the coast at a fixed annual rate of silting.

    A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era

  • At Adakh a fancy prompted me to dig into a small knoll near the ancient shell-heap; and here we found, in a precisely similar sarcophagus, the remains of a skeleton, of which also only the cranium retained sufficient consistency to admit of preservation.

    An Introduction to the mortuary customs of the North American Indians

  • At Adakh a fancy prompted me to dig into a small knoll near the ancient shell-heap, and here we found, in a precisely similar sarcophagus, the remains of a skeleton, of which also only the cranium retained sufficient consistency to admit of preservation.

    A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians

  • No, 'tis a dreadful small place to make a world of; it has a different look from any of the other islands, but there's a sheltered cove on the south side, with mud-flats across one end of it at low water where there's excellent clams, and the big shell-heap keeps some o 'the wind off a little house her father took the trouble to build when he was a young man.

    The Country of the Pointed Firs

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