A Guide to the Antiquities of the Stone Age in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities

A Guide to the Antiquities of the Stone Age in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...open country, but the typical site is itself a rock-shelter on the right bank of the Vezere, at the foot of the cliff, and not far from the ancient castle of La Madelaine. It is about 30' yards from the FIG. 59.--Engraved ornament, FIG. 60.--Flint scraper, Montastruc, Bruniquel. La Madelainc. river, and the upper surface of the deposit is not more than 20 feet above the level of the stream, being, like Montastruc at Bruniquel, within reach of floods. In the recess below the overhanging rock the beds attained a total depth of 8-10 feet, the upper part being principally rubble from the roof, and resting on layers of refuse resembling the kitchen-middens of a later period. The anlmal remains corresponded to the fauna of Les Eyzies, and interspersed with them were hearth-stones, rubbing--stones and hollowed pebbles, together with flint flakes and cores and some remarkably long flake-scrapers characteristic of this period (fig. 60) (see specimens on top shelf: the bottom shelf contains stones similar to those just mentioned, from Bruniquel). The exploration of this site by Messrs. Lartet and Christy resulted in the discovery of a large number of horn implements, conspicuous among them being the somewhat mysterious bdtons de c0mrnan'deme'nt or sceptres, formed of an antler with one or more circular holes (fig. 61), and supposed to have been emblems of authority: many of them have engravings of animals, especially the horse (fig. 62). A number of small pieces of reindeer-horn on the second shelf also have representations of animals such as the reindeer (fig. 63), and possibly of the human arm (fig. 64); also specimens with geometrical and other designs, the " bamboo" pattern being shown in fig. 61. At the end of this shelf are..."show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236807723
  • 9781236807724