Pre-Historic Times


Book Details

Author  Sir John Lubbock
Publication Date   October 10, 2010
Pages  692


This illustrated volume was published in 1865.

Excerpt from the Preface:

In this book I present to the public some essays
on Pre-historic Archaeology, part of which have
appeared in the " Natural History Review/' viz.,
that on

The Danish Shell-mounds, in October, 1861.

The Swiss Lake-dwellings, in January, 1862.

The Flint Implements of the Drift, in July, 1862.

North American Archaeology, in January, 1863.

Cave-men, in July, 1864.

Messrs. Williams and Norgate suggested to me to
republish these articles in a separate form, and I was
further encouraged to do so, by the fact that most of
them had re-appeared, either in France or America.
The conductors of the " Annales des Sciences Na-
turelles " did me the honor to translate those on the
Danish Shell-mounds, and the Swiss Lake-dwellings.
The latter also appeared in "Silliman's Journal;" and
the article on American Archaeology, with the excep-
tion of the last paragraph, was reprinted in the " Smith-
sonian Report, for 1862."

To the more strictly archaeological part of the
work I have added a chapter on the Manners and
Customs of Modern Savages, confining myself to
those tribes which are still, or were, when first visited
by travellers, ignorant of the use of metal, and which
have been described by competent and trustworthy
observers. This account, short and incomplete as it
is, will be found, I think, to throw some light on the
remains of savage life in ages long gone by.

Fully satisfied that religion and science cannot in
reality be at variance, I have striven in the present
publication to follow out the rule laid down by the
Bishop of London, in his excellent lecture delivered
last year at Edinburgh, The man of science, says Dr.
Tait, ought to go on, " honestly, patiently, diffidently,
observing and storing up his observations, and carry-
ing his reasonings unflinchingly to their legitimate
conclusions, convinced that it would be treason to
the majesty at once of science and of religion if he
sought to help either by swerving ever so little from
the straight rule of truth."

Ethnology, in fact, is passing at present through
a phase from which other Sciences have safely
emerged, and the new views with reference to the
Antiquity of Man, though still looked upon with
distrust and apprehension, will, I doubt not, in a
few years, be regarded with as little disquietude as
are now those discoveries in astronomy and geology,
which at one time excited even greater opposition.


- On the use of Bronze in Ancient Times
- The Bronze Age
- The Use of Stone in Ancient Times
- Tumull
- The Lake-Habitations of Switzerland
- The Danish Kjokkenmoddings or Shell-Mounds
- North America Archaeology
- Cave-Men
- The Antiquity of Man
- On the Antiquity of Man (cont.)
- Modern Savages
- Modern Savages (cont.)
- Modern Savages Conclusion
- Concluding Remarks

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