Pre-Historic Times; As Illustrated by Ancient Remains, and the Manners and Customs of Modern Savages Volume 1

Pre-Historic Times; As Illustrated by Ancient Remains, and the Manners and Customs of Modern Savages Volume 1

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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: ...up the bones for the sake of the marrow contained in them.'l Some of the ancient stone hammers and mortars were no doubt used for this purpose, and the proportions of the different bones afford us, I think, indirect evidence that a similar custom prevailed among the ancient inhabitants of Southern France. ePassing on now to the flint implements found in these caves, we must first call attention to their marvellous abundance. Without any exaggeration they may be said to be innumerable. Of course this adds greatly to the value of the conclusions, but it need not surprise us, because flint is Account of Danish Lapland, by Leems, Copenhagen, 1767. Translated in Pinkerton s Voyages, Vol. i., p. 396. 1-Hall, Life with the Esquimaux, vol. ii. pp. 14.7, 17 6. I FLINT IMPLEMENTS. 249 so brittle, that implements made of it must have been easily broken, and, in that case, the fragments would be thrown away as useless, especially in a chalk district, where the supply of flint would, of course, be practically inexhaustible. Many implements, no doubt, would be left unfinished, having been rendered-useless, either by some misdirected blow, or some flaw in the flint. Moreover, we should naturally expect that in a bone-breccia of this nature, the flint-implements would be relatively more abundant than in a Kjokkenmodding. Each oyster furnishes but a single mouthful, so that the edible portions evidently form a greater proportion of the whole, in the mammalia than in the mollusca. The Kj6kkenmoddings, therefore, would grow, cwieris paribus, more rapidly than the bone-breccia, and supposing the flint-implements to be equally numerous in both cases, they would, of course, be more sparingly distributed in the former, than in the latter. The objects of...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592700
  • 9781236592705