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Prehistoric Man

Prehistoric Man
Researches into the Origin of Civilisation in the Old and the New World
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108054867

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  • The Scottish archaeologist and anthropologist Daniel Wilson (1816–92) spent the latter part of his life in Canada. Published in 1862, this is a seminal work in the study of early man in which Wilson utilises studies of native tribes 'still seen there in a condition which seems to reproduce some of the most familiar phases ascribed to the infancy of the unhistoric world'. He believed that civilisations initially developed in mild climates and judged the Mayans to have been the most advanced civilisation in the New World. Twentieth-century anthropologist Bruce Trigger argued that Wilson 'interpreted evidence about human behaviour in a way that is far more in accord with modern thinking than are the racist views of Darwin and Lubbock', and it is in this light that this two-volume work can be judged.

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    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108054867
    • length: 1026 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.302kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. The old world and the new
    3. The primeval occupation: speech
    4. The primeval transition: instinct
    5. The Promethean instinct: fire
    6. The maritime instinct: the canoe
    7. The technological instinct: tools
    8. The metallurgic instinct: copper
    9. The metallurgic arts: alloys
    10. The architectural instinct: earthworks
    11. The hereafter: sepulchral mounds
    12. Propitiation: sacrificial mounds
    13. Commemoration: symbolic mounds
    14. Progress: native civilisation
    15. The artistic instinct: imitation. Volume 2:
    16. Narcotic arts and superstitions
    17. Primitive architecture: megalithic
    18. The ceramic art: pottery
    19. The intellectual instinct: letters
    20. Ante-Columbian traces: colonization
    21. The American cranial type
    22. Artificial cranial distortion
    23. The red blood of the West
    24. The intrusive races
    25. Ethnographic hypotheses: migrations
    26. Guesses at the age of man

  • Author

    Daniel Wilson

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