Dominion Museum Bulletin Volume 2-4

Dominion Museum Bulletin Volume 2-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...that a stone axe, celt, or adze would be too much weakened by such a hole, and hence would be liable to break when used in heavy work, unless the head of the implement was much larger than is seen in New Zealand forms--and in most foreign stone forms for that matter. In Scandinavia stone hoes were perforated for handles. In all the illustrations of perforated stone axes, hammers, &c., given in Evans's fine work, we note that the implement has been specially evolved and formed for perforation for the handle by so fashioning the tool that it is much thicker at that part where the perforation was made. This, of course, was to prevent the tool breaking at the part weakened by the drilled hole. Again, it will be noted that in these perforated axes (for they are true axes), hammers, &c., the tools have been bored in the middle or, in some cases, toward the upper end, or head, but never near the poll. Not only was this to guard against breakage, but the makers of these implements knew, probably from experience, that to thicken the tool sufficiently at the poll to enable it to withstand the shock of a heavy blow would render it so top-heavy and ill balanced that it would be a very awkward implement to use, and be a severe strain on the arms of the operator. This will be readily understood by an axeman. This boring of the stone axe of primitive man in the middle was-undoubtedly the origin of the modern double-bitted steel axe, the highest form of the axe-maker's art. The double-edged or doublebladed stone axe found in many lands is evidently an ancient form, and seems to have been used as a sacred emblem in southern Asia in times long passed away. " In the cave at Dicte, in Crete, was Zeus born. In this cave the Cretans...show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236825020
  • 9781236825025