The primeval antiquities of Denmark, tr. [from Danmarks Oldtid oplyst ved Oldsager og Gravh°ie] and applied to the illustration of similar remains in England, by W.J. Thoms

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Page 59 - The barrows of this (the Bronze) period were placed, wherever it was possible, on heights which commanded an extensive prospect over the surrounding country, and from which in particular the sea could be distinguished. The principal object of this appears to have been to bestow on the mighty dead a tomb so remarkable that it might constantly recall his memory to those living near ; while, probably, the fondness for reposing after death in high and open places may have been founded more deeply in...
Page xxiv - The weapons and instruments of stone which are found in the north of Europe, in Japan, in America, the South Sea Islands, and elsewhere, have, for the most part, such an extraordinary resemblance to one another in point of form, that one might almost suppose the whole of them to have been the production of the same maker. The reason for this is very obvious, namely, that their form is that which first and most naturally suggests itself to the human mind.
Page 22 - Gigaia 3 is a mineral water ; two sea weeds for dying grow on the stones there, Corkir for Crimson, and Crottil for Philamorte, which is a yellow Brown, the colour of dead leaf.4 found, together with a long brass pin and a brass needle, one on each side of a skeleton, in the Isle of Sangay, between the Isles of Uril [Uist] and Harris, to the west of Scotland. Exactly the fellow of it is in the British Museum.
Page xvii - As soon as it was pointed out that the whole of these antiquities could by no means be referred to one and the same period, people began to see more clearly the difference between them." Nilsson had argued for the Stone Age on different grounds. He insisted that objects of stone which resembled familiar objects of iron, such as adzes, axes, chisels and harpoons, must be stone adzes, stone axes, stone chisels and stone harpoons. He then argued that no one who knew the use of iron would...
Page xvii - A NATION which respects itself and its independence cannot possibly rest satisfied with the consideration of its present situation alone. It must of necessity direct its attention to bygone times, with the view of enquiring to what original stock it belongs, in what relations it stands to other nations, whether it has inhabited the country from primeval times or immigrated thither at a later period, to what fate it has been exposed ; so as to ascertain by what means it has arrived at its present...
Page 110 - A very important rule is, that all antiquities, even those which appear the most trivial and the most common, ought to be preserved. Trifles often afford important information, when seen in connection with a large collection. That they are of common occurrence forms no objection...
Page 29 - s district, a woollen coat of coarse, but even, network, exactly in the form of what is now called a spencer; a razor, with a wooden handle, some iron heads of arrows, and large wooden bowls, some only half made, were also found, with the remains of turning tools: these were obviously the wreck of a workshop, which was probably situated on the borders of a forest.
Page 59 - The Kimmeridge Coal-money,' contributed to the Purbeck Society in 1857 by the Rev. John H. Austen, there occurs a description of vessels composed of Kimmeridge coal or shale that had been discovered. A communication is there noticed, made by (the late) Professor Henslow to the Cambridge...
Page 55 - Bronze age were described as having "no circles of massive stones, no stone chambers ; in general, no large stones on the bottom, with the exception of stone cists placed together, which, however, are easily to be distinguished from the stone chambers ; they consist, as a general rule, of mere earth, with heaps of small stones, and always present themselves to the eye as mounds of earth, which, in a few rare instances, are surrounded by a small circle of stones, and contain relics of bodies which...
Page 59 - Such a desire would seem of necessity to be called forth by a sea-faring life, which developes a high degree of openness of character, since the man who has constantly been tossed upon the sea and has struggled with its dangers, would naturally cherish a dislike to be buried in a corner of some shut up spot, where the wind could scarcely ever sweep over his grave.

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