Manx Note Book Volume 2

Manx Note Book Volume 2

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... flints frequently occur in and around ancient "encampments and settlements." Being desirous of learning the true nature of these flints, I sent the principal ones to Professor Boyd Dawkins, F.R.S. He very kindly examined and noted the most curious among them, and also gave me his opinion as to their relative age. The following is what Professor Dawkins says---" The "refuse heap and flakes at Port St. Mary may be of almost any age--"Neolithic, Bronze, or even Prehistoric, or Historic Iron. It is "impossible to fix it without further evidence than that of the "flints themselves. They are, however, probably of Neolithic or "Bronze age." I am unfortunately unable to spare time or money in properly excavating the few feet of ground in which the flints occur; otherwise it should be done at once. I think, however, that it is the duty of our local Antiquarian Society to make further exhaustive investigation to ascertain, if possible, the exadt relative age of this ancient refuse heap, --as well as to secure to our future museum, any relics that may yet remain. Doubtless, if a little energy were to be shewn in this matter, and research carried out on some systematic plan, remains of a more important character than have yet come to light, might be found. In all my own "rooting" (mostly done with a large nail!) I have not disturbed more than four square feet of earth, but even in that small space, I have been rewarded by finding several thousands of flint flakes, and implements. I would venture to suggest if any further investigations are initiated, that special attention be directed to the presence among the flints of other relics--such as shells, animal remains, pottery, or, possibly, ornaments. I...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516079
  • 9781236516077