Journal of the Anthropological Society of London Volume 3

Journal of the Anthropological Society of London 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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...of quartz (?) should occur again in this kist. The larger spear-head is extremely rude, and the smaller curiously curved. The large knife (?) struck from a boulder, may have done duty with difficulty for sacrificial purposes, but it does not seem a very effective weapon. The smaller knife (?) of sandstone, shows more adaptive ingenuity, as the natural fracture of the stone is brought to a keen edge throughout, by the other side being ground flat. The heavy round stone may have been a sling-stone. The hammer or pestle from this kist is remarkable for its shape and the exactly circular spot worn on one of its -nds by use. The blows that produced these marks, one would think, must not only have been lightly delivered, but delivered upon something pointed. It is as if the person wielding the instrument exerted some skill, so as to strike always with the same force and a definite aim upon some other instrument. These hammers or pestles, of oblong shore pebbles, are found in the shell-heaps or connected with the dwellings, as well as in the kists; and the one sent by Mr. Peach from the " Pict's House" at Old Stirkoke, must have been intended for a child's hand. Its ends are more irregularly marked, as are also those of the less elegant one from the shell-mound at Keiss. Nos. 17 to 20 inclusive, are from the shell-mound at Keiss. The knife-like instrument is very similar to one obtained from one of the kists subsequently by Mr. Gill of Blingery, near Wick. The bone pin and flint chip, No. 36, are from Birkle Hill. The Vol. in.--No. x. m absence of flint weapons in the grave, suggests the inquiry whether these be not anterior to the age of the finely fashioned flint weapons occasionally found in Caithness. Flints are not rare on the beach and in the...show more

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