Archaeology and False Antiquities

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G.W. Jacobs & Company, 1908 - 292 σελίδες
 

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Σελίδα 88 - ... mastication, Ground the teeth together. And from that imperfect dental exhibition, Stained with expressed juices of the weed Nicotian, Came these hollow accents, blent with softer murmurs Of expectoration ; "Which my name is Bowers, and my crust was busted Falling down a shaft in Calaveras County; But I'd take it kindly if you'd send the pieces Home to old Missouri !
Σελίδα 99 - Holmes' paper. It seems to be agreed among the controversialists that " nearly all the organic matter in the bones had disappeared and a large portion of the phosphate of lime had been replaced by the carbonate, indicating a fossilised state." But as this is a change which might have occurred under favourable conditions in a few hundred years, it possesses no value as a test of great antiquity. From Dr. Wyman's report, in Whitney's paper, Mr. Holmes quotes the following : — " First. That the skull...
Σελίδα 88 - Speak, thou awful vestige of the earth's creation, Solitary fragment of remains organic ! Tell the wondrous secret of thy past, existence — Speak! thou oldest primate!" Even as I gazed, a thrill of the maxilla, And a lateral movement of the condyloid process, With post-pliocene sounds of healthy mastication, Ground the teeth together. And, from that imperfect dental exhibition, Stained with expressed...
Σελίδα 100 - At a distance of between 1,400 and 1,500 feet from the mouth of the tunnel, or of between 200 and 300 feet beyond the edge of the solid lava, Mr Neale saw several spear-heads, of some dark rock and nearly one foot in length. On exploring further, he himself found a small mortar three or four inches in diameter and of irregular shape. This was discovered within a foot or two of the spear-heads. He then found a large, well-formed pestle...
Σελίδα 115 - ... and prepared to exhibit his skill. He undid the knots of his red handkerchief, which proved to be full of fragments of flint. He turned them over, and selected a small piece, which he held sometimes on his knee, sometimes in the palm of his hand, and gave it a few careless blows with what looked like a crooked nail. In a few minutes he had produced a small arrow-head, which he handed to a gentleman near, and went on fabricating another with a facility and rapidity which proved long practice....
Σελίδα 66 - Castclfranco, in which he gives a most pathetic description of the discovery of a small cross with his own hands. But, from the following extract, which contains the principal details of this discovery, my readers will readily understand that it had little effect as an archaeological argument on the mind of his sceptical opponent. tion ; il venait de trouver un silex en forme de croix. J'accours, le silex était là, dans sa main ouverte, encore tout sale de la terre fraîchment remuée.
Σελίδα 233 - Donnelly the other. had both 233 other portions had patterns of Celtic knot-work, and three incised outlines of animals representing a stag-hunt. There were also found some fragments of glazed pottery, of two small crucibles, and of the horns of the red-deer and the roe. Through the kindness of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, I am enabled to give a few illustrations (Figs. 55-9) of the kind of art exhibited on these fragments of shale and slate to which Mr. Lang has appealed....
Σελίδα 103 - The unfortunate part," says Mr. Holmes, " about this very noteworthy feature of the testimony is that Mr. King failed to publish it — that he failed to give to the world what could well claim to be the most important observation ever made by a geologist bearing upon the history of the human race, leaving it to come out through the agency of Dr. Becker, twenty-five years later
Σελίδα xii - ... the detailed list of illustrations. In addition to obligations on this score, I have to express special thanks to the following gentlemen : Mr. WA Donnelly and Mr. John Bruce, FSA SCOT., for having afforded me an opportunity of carefully inspecting the structural remains at Dumbuck and Langbank while the excavations were in progress ; the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, for the use of the blocks of figures 35 and 55-9 ; and the Curator of the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh,...
Σελίδα 84 - ... twenty feet in thickness of alternate layers of sand, clay, and gravel, one of the arrow-heads lay underneath the thigh-bone of the skeleton, the bone actually resting in contact upon it, so that it could not have been brought thither after the deposit of the bone," a fact which he was careful thoroughly to investigate.

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