The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature Volume 3

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...and ethnologists of Denmark and Sweden, added to the spirited co-operation of zealous British coadjutors. By these investigators the remains of primitive art have been brought under a systematic classification, and thus the desultory and often misdirected labours of the antiquary have given place to researches characterized by a scientific accuracy in no degree inferior to that of the most careful palaeontologist. This system of Primitive Archaeology is arranged into three great divisions, entitled the Stone, the Bronze, and the Iron periods, warranted alike by evidence, and by its practical convenience. The Stone Period, as the name implies, is that in which the rude aboriginal arts, which the commonest necessities of man call into operation, are assumed to have been employed entirely on such natural materials as stone, horn, bone, &c. The Bronze Period is that era of progress in which the metallurgic arts appear to have been introduced and slowly developed; and the Iron Period is that of matured metallurgic arts, and the accompanying progress consequent on the degree of civilization which is the necessary concomitant of such a state of things. All these periods embrace eras of national history concerning which no contemporary written records exist, and in relation to most of which, and especially to those of the first two periods, nearly as little is known from any other source as of the Palaeozoic or Carboniferous periods of the geologist. It need not, therefore, excite surprise that the process of historic induction pursued on this basis has been called in question by historical writers of very high standing, but whose exclusive labours on the records of periods admitting of documentary evidence and charter-proof render them little...show more

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  • Paperback | 996 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 50mm | 1,737g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555724
  • 9781236555724