Prehistoric Annals of Scotland Volume 1

Prehistoric Annals of Scotland Volume 1

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...Since I ventured to submit my first ideas on the primitive races of the British Islands to the Ethnological Section of the British Association, this department of physical ethnology has received an amount of attention in some degree commensurate with its importance; and the publication by Dr. Thurnam and Dr. J. Barnard Davis, of the beautifully-illustrated decades of the Crania, Britannica, has supplied a valuable repertory of trustworthy data for testing some of the questions, then only presenting themselves to the inquirer as unsolved, if not insoluble problems. One result, however, of the great extension of the ostcological evidence, which this and other sources of information supply, has been to show all the more clearly the limited chronometrical range, and the very partial bearing of the data in relation to those primeval centuries which the disclosures of science in other departments are adding to the history of man. Of the numerous skulls figured and minutely described in the Crania Britannica, a considerable proportion are either directly connected, by the accompanying works of art, mode of sepulture, or by the clear evidence of inscriptions, with Roman times, or they belong to the still more moder n Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian periods; and of the remaining examples, more or less minutely referred to in the same work, only a small proportion can be assigned with any probability to an older period than that which embraces the ethnical groups of Roman centuries. Of this latter period the history is chronicled for us, however imperfectly, in the pages of Julius Caesar, Strabo, Diodorus, Ptolemy, Tacitus, and other classical writers; and archaeological evidence at best elucidates or supplements what they have written. But that...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839943
  • 9781236839947