Prehistoric Man and His Story; A Sketch of the History of Mankind from the Earliest Times

9780217741132: Prehistoric Man and His Story; A Sketch of the History of Mankind from the Earliest Times

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. 1915 Excerpt: ...Age, which seem to have come from the East. These, the men of Solutre, were remarkable for their extraordinary skill in the art of flint-working. Their spearheads of the " laurel-leaf" and "willow-leaf" patterns are certainly the most beautiful weapons ever formed out of so stubborn a material (see p. 163). As M. Breuil has shown, the distribution of the remains of the men of Solutre seem to point to an immigration from the East. Characteristic finds are those of Oicow (Russian Poland), Hungary, Moravia, Bavaria. One might even suspect that they invaded France by the historic gateway at Belfort, and thence spread round the central plateau. They did not actually enter the Pyrenees, but seem to have passed to the west of them as far south as Santander in Spain. If these Solutreans are represented by the brachycephalous skulls of Furfooz, Grenelle, and La Truchere, then they were but the forerunners of Neolithic invaders, and even of those of much later date, such as the Sarmatians (200 B.C.), Slavs (a.d. 500-600), Tartars (a. D. I 300), and of all sorts and varieties of ferocious nomad horsemen--Huns, Avars, Magyars, Turks, and the like--whose mission it seems to have been to utterly destroy the tainted and corrupt civilizations of Europe and Asia. The Solutr6ans seem to have left Europe even before the Magdalenians, as would be but natural if they were a Steppe people following the migrations of the reindeer. In that case they would travel eastward, and would become mixed up with other brachycephalous people of Central Asia. M. Breuil suggests in a recent paper that there was perhaps in West and Central Siberia an independent development of industry, owing something perhaps to the Aurignacian, but distinct and without the decorative art o...

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